Moe is an American jam band known for their improvisational rock blending psychedelia, Americana, and clever melodic turns.
The members of Moe were born in Utica, New York, and met while attending the University of Buffalo. While performing reguarly at college parties, the band (then called Five Guys Named Moe) recorded two demo tapes in 1991, Codename: Weaselshark and Spine of a Dog. The band continued playing local bars, honing their sound and adopting the freestyling sound they would later be known for. Fatboy (1992) began to explore this sound, and by the release of Headseed in 1993, lead guitarist Al Schnier had solidified his trademark psychedelic oscillating sound.
Over the next few years, Moe relocated to Albany, rearranged members, and began touring nationally. With the replacement of Mike Strazza with Chris Mazur, Moe’s sound opened up to even wider improvisation, and was signed by Sony. They released No Doy in 1996, releasing the 46 minute long “Meat” as its first single.
Tin Cans and Car Tires rolled out in 1997, with a greater emphasis on traditional song form. Moe went on to create their own label, Fatboy Records, under which they released L in late 1999. Dither, a more experimental project, followed in 2000, and Wormwood, released in 2003, showcased the band’s newfound maturity and instrumental prowess. The band’s increasing popularity led to a slew of festival appearances, including a regular spot on the Bonnaroo lineup. Moe also hosts their own festivals, moe.down and snoe.down, in upstate New York.
In 2007, Moe came out with The Conch, followed in 2008 by Sticks and Stones, both lauded by fans and critics alike. 2012’s What Happened to the La Las saw the band experiment with more structured melodies, and in 2014 they produced their eleventh studio album, No Guts, No Glory!
Moe tours regularly, and are often booked for private parties and corporate entertainment events.