Words, Photos & Video By Nicholas Stock (Fat Guerilla Productions)
Audio By Corey Sandoval (Kind Recordings)
Tickets for this show sold in in just a couple weeks, meaning many last minute would-be attendees were left out in the cold. Speaking of cold… due to the nearly 1,000 people that needed to ride the shuttle up and a lack of buses, we were told the day before the show that there would be a DJ to open up the night and that moe. would not be going on until 10:00 PM. This was disappointing news that was exacerbated by the sheer lack of talent from said DJ. DJ Barley… or something along those lines gave us a nearly two-hour performance that served as little more than background noise for the eager audience. He would alternate between mild dubstep and inoffensive techno. Occasionally he would produce an electric guitar, but I never really heard a solo.
Finally at 10:00 PM on the dot moe. appeared for the first of their two sets. They opened with a snappy “Downward Facing Dog.”
moe. Live at Mishawaka Amphitheatre on June 13, 2014.
Set One: Downward Facing Dog, Deep This Time, It, So Long> Yodelittle > The Bones of Lazarus> Yodelittle, Zed Naught Z
Set Two: Smoke> Moth, Opium, Darkness> Same Old Story, Runaway Overlude, She
Encore: Bear Song
moe. took all of those lucky enough to be inside on a musical journey that will not soon be forgotten. This band’s ability to play in synch and stretch out through improvisation is without comparison. While other bands squabbled and took extended hiatuses moe. continued down the path diligently and without incident. They are still just a rock band from New York, but man can they play. “Deep This Time” and “It” served as a little warm up for the guys before they went into the far side of the deep end. “So Long” was the diving board for an epic musical tirade that was my highlight of the entire show. “So Long” into “Yodelittle” into “Lazarus” into “Yodelittle” lasted just under 50 minutes. Few bands these days take on a fifteen-minute song let alone three in a row. “Yodelittle” became the crux while the dueling guitars of Chuck Garvey and Al Schnier entranced the crowd. They finished the first set with a mischievous “Zed Naught Z” which featured the excellent percussion skills of Mr. Jim Loughlin superbly.
This show was definitely one for the dedicated moe.rons. The jams were deep and dark with lots of songs not on their ‘Greatest Hits Album.’ That freed them up for a lot of improvisation and exploratory back and forth. They are playing like a band that has been touring continuously for twenty-five years. Tight, smart, interesting performances have just become expected and moe. delivers. I’m glad that after ten years moe. found their way back to the Mishwakwa, let’s not wait another ten.
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