Two years after the release of its last original set, "Wormwood," veteran jam band moe. is planning a return to the studio. "We have a lot of songs ready," drummer Vinnie Amico tells Billboard.com. Al

Two years after the release of its last original set, "Wormwood," veteran jam band moe. is planning a return to the studio. "We have a lot of songs ready," drummer Vinnie Amico tells Billboard.com. "We just have to get into the studio. We've been really busy doing a lot of things and we haven't had the time. Hopefully, we'll pop out another album sooner than later."

The drummer expects the band to begin recording in late summer or early fall, with a tentative late 2005/early 2006 street date. With roughly 20 new songs currently in its live repertoire, including "Tale Spin," "Putting the Boy Down," "Wicked Awesome" and "The Pit," Amico believes the band will employ the same unique recording technique used for "Wormwood."

"We multi-track taped a summer tour, brought it into the studio and sort of edited it together," Amico says. "And we did all of the overdubs and all of the studio magic that we needed to do over the top, as well as creating some of the segues between some of the songs. So, there is a live feel throughout." moe. plans on releasing the album via its own Fat Boy label, unless a better deal comes along.

As far as new live material, the fourth installment of moe.'s concert series, "Warts and All," is due out in March. Recorded in 1998 at the Copper Dragon in Carbondale, Ill., the set" features the band at its improvisational height. "It's usually good energy, a good show and not a lot of flubs," says Amico. "It's like a bootleg but a little bit higher [fidelity]."

Also in the works for release in 2005 is a concert DVD release, as moe. will be taping its April 1-2 Denver shows for a tentative fall street date. Beforehand, the act can be seen tomorrow through Friday (Feb. 16-18) guesting as the house band on NBC's "Last Call With Carson Daly."

Questions? Comments? Let us know: @billboard

Print