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Tin Cans and Car Tires (550 Music/Sony Records)

By: Jeff Lockwood

Playing two hundred shows per year is bound to make any band as cohesive and as tight as moe. For eight years, moe. has been rocking the groove rock world and slowly, but surely building a very dedicated following. After a few independent releases, Sony picked up the band and consequently released No Doy in 1996. Tin Cans and Car Tires is their latest release. While it contains one or two radio friendly tunes, which will ultimately gain them new listeners, this disc is not likely to alienate any of their current fans. No Doy was a funky album that ran the gamut of improvisational tunes and quirky melodies. "Tin Cans and Car Tires", has much of the same, but moe. also throws in some string sections as well as a few horn sections played by members of Yolk. There is definitely more of a spontaneous and harder sound to the new disc. In addition to the funkiness that moe. knows so well, Tin Cans puts forth some rocking tunes such as "Head" and "Stranger than Fiction" while "Hi and Lo" and "It" give some hints of (excuse the classification) roots rock. Then there is "Queen of the Rodeo" which is a full blown country song. True moe. fans will not be disappointed. The quirkiness, humor and spacey ( and sometimes annoying) jams abound. "Spaz Medicine" and "Big World" are perfect examples while the raspy vocals and frolicking guitars of "Happy Hour Hero" and the pure rockiness of "Head" make me want to drive fast. moe. is a great band for people that like to dance, for people that like to drink and for music geeks that dig the all the intricacies that these musicians from Buffalo, New York entrench themselves in.
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