MOE. TO RELEASE STICKS AND STONES JANUARY 22, 2008 ON FATBOY RECORDS
ANNOUNCES STICKS AND STONES WINTER TOUR DATES
"Muscular guitar pop with room for rambling." -Rolling Stone
Sticks and Stones, the new album from moe., features eight new songs that have never been performed live and two previously unreleased songs. Produced by the band and John Siket (Dave Matthews Band, Dispatch, Yo La Tango), who worked with the band on several of their critically acclaimed records, including Dither (2001), Sticks and Stones follows moe.'s release The Conch by just a year and will be released on moe.'s record label Fatboy Records on Tuesday, January 22, 2008. The album will also be available in limited edition vinyl; a first for moe. in this format.
Sticks and Stones is a departure from the unique recording process moe.
used on Wormwood (2003) and The Conch (2007) in which live rhythm tracks were combined with studio overdubs. Excluding "Conviction Song"
and "All Roads Lead To Home", Sticks and Stones was written entirely during the recording sessions. moe. formed in 1990 and this is the first time they have recorded an album of unheard, new material.
"The material differs quite a bit from The Conch and Wormwood which were largely cultivated from songs nurtured through live improvisation," says guitarist Al Schnier. "The songs that comprise Sticks and Stones are much more straight, like many classic songs in the moe. canon, and have a roots rock quality to them, as opposed to the more progressive rock element of The Conch."
moe. rented an old church in the mountains of New England and brought their own recording gear. The idea was to create a unique, comfortable situation that was conducive to creativity.
With ten songs clocking in at just under forty-one minutes, Sticks and Stones is moe.'s most concise recording to date. Various overdubs and final mixing were done at the world-renowned Allaire Studios in the Catskills. Mastering was handled by the legendary and Grammy Award winning Bob Ludwig (Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, Beck, Pearl Jam).
Guest musicians include Cornmeal's Allie Kral playing violin and viola on "Cathedral," "Conviction Song," "September" and "Raise A Glass." Emilio China also played violin on "Cathedral." Friends Umphrey's McGee added backing vocals to "Raise A Glass," and Nadine Lafond lends additional vocals on several songs.
Following their New Year's Eve performance at Radio City Music Hall (for the second year in a row), the band will tour this Winter in support of Sticks and Stones, beginning January 17 in San Francisco.
Tour dates are below.
Sticks and Stones Track Listing
2. Sticks and Stones
4. Conviction Song
5. Zed Naught Z
6. Deep This Time
7. All Roads Lead to Home
9. Queen of Everything
10. Raise A Glass
12/17/07 Mon Boulder Theater Boulder, CO
12/30/07 Sun The Fillmore at Irving Plaza New York, NY
12/31/07 Mon Radio City Music Hall New York, NY
01/17/08 Thu The Fillmore San Francisco, CA
01/18/08 Fri House of Blues West Hollywood, CA
01/19/08 Sat The Grove Of Anaheim Anaheim, CA
01/24/08 Thu The Pageant St. Louis, MO
01/25/08 Fri The Riviera Theatre Chicago, IL
01/26/08 Sat The Rave/Eagles Ballroom Milwaukee, WI
01/27/08 Sun First Avenue Minneapolis, MN
01/30/08 Wed Lifestyle Communities Pavilion Columbus, OH
01/31/08 Thu The Town Ballroom Buffalo, NY
02/01/08 Fri Electric Factory Philadelphia, PA
02/02/08 Sat Orpheum Theater Boston, MA