The title of moe.'s new album, "No Guts, No Glory," is an apt description of the group's approach -- and change of course -- in making it.
The Buffalo jam band originally set out to make an acoustic album, according to drummer Vinnie Amico, recorded at the late Levon Helm's recording studio/barn in Woodstock, N.Y. "It was gonna be kind of like a (Grateful Dead) 'Workingman's Dead deal, kind of electric/acoustic and really rootsy," says Amico, 45.
Then things fell apart. The tape machine at the barn wasn't working. The group's chosen producer wasn't available. And when moe. ultimately chose another producer -- ?? -- the concept for the album quickly changed.
"Dave is a friend who we've known for years and years," Amico says. "He works in the hip-hop world but he's a rock 'n' roll guy, classic rock and into the Grateful Dead. And he's a moe. fan and really knows our music, so we said, 'Why don't we do the right thing and use our buddy here?'
"But Dave didn't seem to be all that on board with the acoustic album. he's a guy who gets a big bass sound, a big kick drum, big sounds. So we kind of came to an agreement that (acoustic) might not be the best route to take at this particular time, and we decided just to make a moe. record."
moe. is, of course, happy to have something new out, but it's getting ready to celebrate its past in the near future, too. Next year marks the group's 25th anniversary, and Amico says the quintet is already planning for a commemoration, although it's "still kind of working on" exactly what's going to happen.
"We're still working on stuff -- concepts, ideas, from artwork to how many shows to where they're going to be played," he says. "We all feel very blessed and lucky to have made it this far. We've just been cranking along here; we're not the most successful band in the world, but we've definitely been going full-bore all along and just doing what we do.
"I mean, nobody has a job for 25 years let alone it being your dream job, which is playing music for a living. We're all very grateful for that."
Friday, Sept. 19. Doors open at 8 p.m.
Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St.
Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door and $45 reserved mezzanine
Call 248-399-2980 or visit www.royaloakmusictheatre.com
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