After two decades of writing, recording and touring together, veteran jam band moe. took stock of where they’d been, released a retrospective, then turned the page.
Two years later the Northeast-based five-some has opened a new chapter in the moe. story. What Happened To The LA LAs is the band’s first completely new collection since 2008, and while creative evolution has always been a moe. hallmark, What Happened To The LA LAs shows the band stepping outside their comfort zone in some significant ways.
“For most of our career we’ve done everything on our own in a very cottage industry, home-y kind of way,” explains Chuck Garvey, guitarist and vocalist. “Everything we take on whether it’s the creation of a T-shirt, a song, an album or a festival or concert from start to finish, we have our hands in it. And this time we actually made the leap of putting ourselves in someone else’s hands to help us come out with something different.”
Toward that end, moe. signed with Sugar Hill Records, their first label partnership in more than a decade. Next they brought in an outside producer for the first time: John Travis, whose work with Kid Rock had earned him fans within the moe. camp.
For moe. which in addition to Garvey includes Vinnie Amico (drums), Rob Derhak (bass, vocals), Jim Loughlin (percussion, Malletkat) and Al Schnier (guitar, vocals, keyboards, mandolin) it was a major philosophical change. After all, this is the same band which famously built a recording studio inside a 150-year-old decommissioned church for 2008’s Sticks And Stones.