The Norwegian band MoE is known for mixing their minimalistic compositions with alternative and experimental approaches that fails to fit in the rock genre. With countless collaborations exceeding the borders of rock and noise, MoE seeks the absolute presence in the execution of the music. Loud and violently, they molest their instruments and brings the listener closer to a healthy insanity.
Their recent activity includes touring in Mexico, Australia, Japan, Europe and South East Asia, seeking new collaborations with experimental scenes all over the planet to expand the music. MoE continues working in an unpredictable, noisy and dark landscape, with a broad musical hunger. Countless artist’s and bands have made a big impact on their musical lives. But first and foremost it’s the life of alternative music that provides the passion of MoE. Over the years MoE has collaborated with numerous musicians with a wide musical background.
Existing since 2008, MoE has released “Lies” (7″, 2009), “It Pictures”(LP, 2011), and “Left to swallow” (12″ one sided LP single, 2012). MoE/The Observatory split single, “David Yow” seven inch and three albums in the series “Oslo Janus”, in addition to 2014’s “MoE 3” (released on Fysisk Format.) October 2016 MoE will release their new album co-produced by Jørgen Træen, and with some exiting guest.
MoE’s palette is still composed of a multitude of expressions which catalyses into a highly charged and viscid sound. Executed with a profound presence, spontaneous energy and dedication. Many influences have been pointed out, and descriptions are sometimes close to contradictory; “MoE is like Jesus Lizard/Scratch Acid meets Napalm Death dressed up like very early Swans.”
Meaning MoE don’t care about genres.
Due to their rather clean academic middle class look, MoE has mistakenly been taken to be actors from “Little House on the Prairie”, but when amps are lit, you’ll soon see more similarities with the “Exorcist’s” Regan MacNeil than the Ingalls. This shows some of MoEs duality and why many listeners get caught in a brutal ambush from this hard hitting non posing band.
Extensive touring outside the usual paths has become a trade mark, putting MoE on the map as one of the most adventurous DIY bands in Europe. China, Japan, Vietnam, Mexico, Thailand, Malaysia, Australia, and countless other countries have all witnessed and embraced MoE’s presence.
In addition to their “normal” albums, they keep releasing a series of albums under the name of “Oslo Janus”. The latest, “Oslo Janus #3” (recorded in Tokyo 2015 and released March 2016), shows some of the complexity in their musical language. The album consists of 5 instrumental improvisations searching for the rock to come, and a cover you’ll probably never forget.
Guro Skumsnes Moe: Bass, vocals
Joakim Heibø Johansen: Drums
Håvard Skaset: Guitar
Live in Oslo
Live in Kyoto
Live in Wels
Live in Rome
Live in Mexico City
Live in Guadalajara
Live in Querétaro
MoE in Mexico documentation
Live:2016 23/2: FreakOut, Bologna, Italy w/Moon Relay 24/2: Next Emerson, Firenze, Italy w/Moon Relay 25/2: Free Ride, Perugia, Italy w/Moon Relay 26/2: Dal Verme, Roma, Italy w/Moon Relay 27/2: TNT, Jesi, Italy w/Moon Relay 6/4 Live to Air on PBS FM 8-10PM 7/4 Melbourne @ The Totel 8/4 Adelaide @ Animal House 9/4 Ballarat @ Eastern Station 10/4 Castlemaine @ Bridge Hotel, (3pm show) 11/4 Wagga Wagga @ Duke of Kent 12/4 Wollongong @ Jane’s 13/4 Newcastle @ Hammo Station 14/4 Lismore @ Tatt’s Hotel 15/4 Brisbane @ Bearded Lady 16/4 @ TYM Guitars 1 7/4 Sydney @ Frankies Pizza 18/4 Melbourne @ Northcote Social Club 19/4 @ Make It Up Club/Bar Open, Melbourne 20/4 Melbourne @ TBA 25/4 Tokyo @ Bushbash 26/4 Fukushima @ Tissue Box 27/ Yamagata @ Daini Kouen Studio 29/4 Takamatsu @ Toonice 30/4 Kochi @ Chaotic Noise 1/5 Yamaguchi @ 印度洋 2/5 Fukuoka @ KEITH FLACK 3/5 Okayama @ PEPPERLAND 4/5 Yokkaichi @ VORTEX 5/5 Yokohama @ BB STREET 6/5 Tokyo @ 20000V 7/5 Fukui @ Velvet 8/5 Osaka @ HOKAGE 12/5 Berlin @ Bei Ruth 14/5 Frankfurt @ Wagenplatz Borsig 15/5 Nancy @ Musique Action festival 2016 18/5 Geneva @ Cave 12 19/5 Grenoble @ le102 20/5 Rennes @ Terminus 21/5 Amiens @ Accueil Froid Nuke 22/5 Brussels @ Magasin 4 11/6 Oslo @ Dramatikkens Hus “Parallelle liv av Jonas Corell Petersen” 13/6 Oslo @ Blitz, Support for Jucifer 7/7 Oslo @ BLÅ, Support for Napalm Death 17/9 TBA 2015 4/2: Wild Side, Tokyo, Japan 6/2: Bushbash, Tokyo , Japan 7/2: Hokage, Osaka, Japan 8/2: Sengokudaitoryo, Osaka, Japan 9/2: Chaotic Noise, Kochi, Japan 10/2: Too Nice, Takamatsu, Japan 11/2: atHall, Oita, Japan 12/2: Yojigen, Fukuoka, Japan 14/2: Hokage, Osaka, Japan 13/2: Pepperland, Okayama, Japan 15/2: Pool, Tokyo, Japan 16/2: 58 moon, Nagoya, Japan 25/2: Mayhem, Copenhagen, Denmark 26/2: Tiefgrund, Berlin, Germany 27/2: Mózg, Bydgoszcz, Poland 28/2: Mózg, Warsawa, Poland 1/3: LAS, Poznan, Poland 5/3: Wagenplatz, Frankfurt, Germany 8/3: Astrastube, Hamburg, Germany 9/3: Trixxter, Berlin, Germany 13/3: Koloni, Gothenburg, Sweden 16/3: Pizdets, Oslo, Norway 18/3: Mexico City, Multiforo Cultural Alicia, Mexico 19/3: Guanajuato, Antigua Bar, Mexico 20/3: Queretaro, Museo De La Ciudad De Queretaro, Mexico 21/3: Palindromo, Guadalajara, Mexico 21/3: La Kalaka Bar, Guadalajara, Mexico 22/3: Colima, 1800 Restaurant Lounge, Mexico 26/3 Dada Club, Chiapas, Mexico 27/3: El 2 Music Hall, Merida, Mexico 28/3: Los Grises Fest, La Quinonera, Mexico City, Mexico 22/4: Alvarado Street, Roma, Italy 23/4: Free ride, Perugia, Italy 24/4: Atlantide, Bologna, Italy 25/4: Csoa Buridda, Genova, Italy 26/4: Blah Blah, Torino, Italy 10/5: Klub Metulj, Bistrica ob Sotli
11/5: Gustaf Pekarna, Maribor
12/5: Punto 33G, Torino
13/5: Cave 12, Geneve
14/5: Le Periscope, Lyon
17/5: Magasin 4, Brussels 30/5: Crossroads, Oslo 31/5: Helleviktangen, Nesodden 17/6: Landmark, Bergen 11/8: Mono, Klubbøya, Oslo 29/8: Saga Festivalen, Ski 12/9: RIP, Porsgrunn 25/9: Høstsabbat, Betong, Oslo 1/10: TBA 2/10: Blitz, Oslo 3/10: Bastard. Tromsø 13/10: Astra Stube, Hamburg, Germany 14/10: TBA 15/10: KLUBI, Zurich, Switzerland 16/10: Le Hangar, Liège, Belgium 17/10: Utrecht, The Netherlands 18/10: Canadian Cafe, Tours, France 19/10: Terminus, Rennes, France 20/10: CCL, Lille, France 25/11: John Dee, Oslo w/Hedvig Mollestad Trio 30/11: Black Axis w/ The Observatory, Singapore 3/12: Guangzhou -3pm – 东方文德去昂场 (workshop/concert m/ Fang Jin Long), China 3/12: T:Union, Guangzhou, China 4/12: Live Music Association, Macau, China 5/12: Live Music Bar, Zhuhai, China 7/12: 4698 LIvehouse, Changsha, China 9/12: Aperture, Xi´an, China 10/12: VOX, Wuhan, China 11/12:VOX Livehouse, Xiangyang, China 13/12: School Bar, Beijing, China 14/12: Meridian, Beijing, China 15/12: DuskDawnClub, Beijing, China 16/12: Factory, Tianjin, China 18/12: Nasjonal Jazzscene @ Poings Pøbeljul, Oslo, Norway 2014 11/12 Café Mono, Oslo, Norway 07/11 Blå, Oslo, Norway 01/11 Orbeko Etxea – Laudio, Bilbao, Spain 31/10 La Residencia, Valencia, Spain 30/10 Ibu Hots – Gasteiz, Spain 29/10 New Capac, Mostoles, Spain 27/10 A Reserva , Carballo, Spain 26/10 Antiguos Almacenes de La Mina, La Gándara, Spain 25/10 Hiltegixe – Berrizko Gaztetxie, Spain 24/10 Sentinel Rock Club – Erandio, Spain 23/10 Mogambo, Pasaia, Spain 21/10 Le Parvis De Bagnolet, Paris, France 20/10 Terminus, Rennes, France 19/10 La Zone, Liège, Blgium 18/10 The Pits, Kortrijk, Belgium 17/10 The Windmill, London, UK 14/10 Maguires Pizza Bar, Liverpool, UK 11/10 Feelgood, Halden, Norway 10/10 Blitz, Oslo, Norway 09/10 Hamar Teater, Hamar, Norway 08/10 Felix, Lillehammer Norway 07/10 Familien, Trondheim, Norway 04/10 NØDUTGANG, Bodø, Norway 02/10 Bastard, Tromsø, Norway 21/09 Multiversal, Mayhem, Denmark 20/09 Blå Grotte, Fredrikstad, Norway 19/09 Max Volum, Kristiansand, Norway 18/09 Consul 80, Stavanger, Norway 16/09 Incubate The Netherlands 23/08 Reheat, Kleylehof, Austria 10/08 Blow Out @ Café OTO, London, England 02/08 Alenfestivalen, Porsgrunn, Norway 31/07 Hagenfesten, Dala Floda, Sweden 12/07 Finnstadfest, Stange, Norway 28/06 Zero Station, Saigon, Vietnam 27/06 Hanoi Rock City, Hanoi, Vietnam 25/06 Revolver, Taipei, Taiwan 24/06 NoiseKitchen, Taipei, Taiwan 22/06 The Substation, Singapore 20/06 Soundmaker Studio, Penang, Malaysia 19/06 Kaki-Seni, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 14/06 Light My Fire, Nakhon Pathom, Thailand 13/06 Sol Space, Bangkok, Thailand 22/05 Victoria, Oslo, Norway 10/04 Oslo @ Blitz 03/04 Bergen @ Bergen Kunsthall (daytime show) 07/03 Copenhagen @ Mayhem, Denmark 28/2 Support for Årabrot @ Hulen, Bergen, Norway 20/02 Trondheim @ SUPA , Norway 19/02 Oslo @ Blitz, Norway 07/02 Tokyo @ Bushbash, Japan 06/02 Kyoto @ UrBanguild, Japan 05/02 Osaka @ Hokage, Japan 04/02 Kyoto @ Socrates, Japan 03/02 Tokyo @ TBA , Japan 2013: 01/11 Bologna, @ Freak out, Italy 02/11 Carpi, @ Ekidna, Italy 03/11 Bistrica ob Sotli, @ Klub Metulj, Slovenia 04/11 Ljubljana, @ Menza Pri Koritu, Slovenia 05/11 Novi Sad, @ Ck13, Serbia 06/11 Vienna, @ Fluc!, Austria 07/11 Budapest, @ MUSZI, Hungary 08/11 TBA 09/11 MoE @ Music Unlimited, Wels, Austria 10/11 Wroclaw, @ Pod Pałacykiem, Poland 11/11 TBA 12/11 Zielona Góra, @ Zielona Jadlodajnia, Poland 13/11 Poznan, @ Cafe Miesna, Poland 14/11 Brno, @ Boro Klub, Czech Republic 15/11 Oslo @ BLÅ, Norway 24/08 Moe, Instant Light, Aiming for Enrike, La Casa Fantom @ Blitz, Oslo 17/08 MoE, Messerschmitt, Arabrot @ John Dee, Oslo 04/08 MoE @ Polyføkt, Oslo 27/05 Moe & Instant Light @ Stein og Jord, Oslo 22/06 MoE, Autovogel, Bone Man & Warp Riders @ Blitz, Oslo 31/05 MoE & Bleached @ Revolver, Oslo 20/05 Cd. Mexico @ Nicho Aural 21/05 MoE |Julian Bonequi @ SESIÓN TRANSÓNICA, Guanajuato 22/05 MoE | Bonequi @ Foro Escénico, Museo de la Ciudad, Querétaro 23/05 MoE | Bonequi @ Arte a 360 Grados, Tlaxcala 24/05 MoE | Bonequi | Par Ásito 5000 @ Casa Babel , Guadalajara 26/05 MoE | Verga de Pájaro (Invitado: Juanjosé Rivas). Museo del Tequila, Ciudad de México 18/04 MoE & The Observatory Turin @ Velvet Club 19/04 MoE & The Observatory Milan @ CSA Baraonda 20/04 MoE & The Observatory Faenza @ Clandestino 21/04 MoE & The Observatory, Calenzano @ Garage 22/4 TBA 23/04 MoE & The Observatory, Rome @ Angelo Mai 24/04 TBA 25/04 MoE & The Observatory, Avellino @ Godot Art Bistro 26/04 MoE & The Observatory, Naples @ Cellar Theory 27/04 MoE & The Observatory, Jesi @ TNT 12/02 MoE & I sing my body electric @ Trash pop, Kristiansand. 15/02 MoE & OMA @ Barrikaden 2012: 24/11 MoE & The Observatory @ Mølla,