MoE

Oslo Janus

Photo: David Lim

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.

Photo: Erik Furulund

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.

(Photo Ketil Hardy)

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.

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Guro Skumsnes Moe: Bass, vocals

Joakim Heibø Johansen: Drums

Håvard Skaset: Guitar

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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
15/5: TBA
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 TRANSÓNICAGuanajuato
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, Kristiansand
25/11 MoE & The Observatory @  Consul80, Stavanger
28/11 MoE & The Observatory @ Hamar Teater, Hamar
3/11 MoE & The Observatory @  Chateau Neuf, Oslo

 

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