moe.’s official video for its single “Blond Hair and Blue Eyes” premieres today at Conan O’Brien’s online site, TeamCoco.com. The video finds the band standing up for the song’s namesake, a little girl with blond hair and blue eyes on a tear through town. Using more than a little bit of muscle, the Jay Blakesberg directed video highlights performance and strong arming from the band in a very tongue in cheek take on the track. The video stars moe., bassist Rob Derhak’s daughter Emma, whom the song is about, and Derhak’s sons Eddie and Zach, and their friends.
moe.’s album No Guts, No Glory is the highest ever Billboard debut of their career, landing in the rock albums Top 20 and the indie chart Top 10. Released Tuesday, May 27, on Sugar Hill Records, No Guts, No Glory is moe. at their most inventive and resilient. The album’s eleven songs (fourteen on the deluxe digital and double vinyl editions) take a winding path into existence.
Over a journey spanning nearly a quarter-century, moe. has let their knack for dynamic, democratic improvisation influence nearly every facet of the band’s existence. In concert, they stretch the boundaries of their source material into intricate, set-long suites where distinct songs seamlessly segue into one another in exhilarating fashion. In the studio, their eclectic, wide-ranging sensibilities manifest in playful, varied albums that spotlight both their fluid musicianship and their incisive, hook-laden songwriting.
Here’s some of what critics are saying about No Guts, No Glory:
“…by the end of the album…there’s probably a problem if your head’s not bobbing, even if it’s in a totally recognizable way.” – Relix
“No Guts No Glory is a fantastic album. The band runs the gamut of their musical styles, mixing longer, complicated compositions with simple, down-to-earth ones. A song like “Blonde Hair And Blue Eyes” will keep you singing along, while something like “Billy Goat” will have you on the edge of your seat.” – Live For Live Music
“Given that this veteran band has been going strong for 20 years now, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that it’s delivered such an assured effort. And yet, the album shows that the band, though pigeonholed as a jam act, truly defies genre.” – Cleveland Scene
Following the release, the band will continue their tour with stops nationwide and internationally including shows in Japan and Germany through the summer.