Introducing an Americana and neo-folk artist from the Canton Uri mountains of Switzerland. That’s right. Singer/songwriter/poet/banjo virtuoso Moe Anthill (ne Mario Moe Schelbert) is a true universalist, his preferred medium is the English language and you’d have to look far for anything as clear-eyed as he is with his mastery of the idiom. His Zeitgeist motifs put a bright spotlight on our uneasy times and our shaky existence. He believes that mainstream thinking is the religion of the future. He gives a hint of what he means with the title of his upcoming double album «Quitter» (release in fall 2018), explaining that the loser, the quitter, will be the winner of the future. The much anticipated double album has been a while in the making. In its recording, it carefully keeps its live spirit alive not least because of the skills of co-producer Hank Shizzoe and master of sound, Mario Baumann. Breaking with traditions stuck in the past, his songs go straight under the skin, touching the uncomfortable as much as the surreal.
His band gets their ya-ya’s out with a robust rocky sound that is grounded by adventurous arrangements which still allow for plenty of experimentation, especially live. His musicians easily deliver the cornerstones for Moe’s incisive storytelling and his vibrating banjo and guitar play. Part of the new album will be a safari into an uncharted sphere, for instance, the fusing of a string section into his art which he’ll unveil tonight. He calls it Moe’s Anthill String Quartet or MASQ and it showcases three strings and a trumpet: Gabriel Miranda and David Schnee on violin, Severin Sutter on cello and Mark Janussi on trumpet with Moe Anthill on banjo, guitar and vocals. It’s exciting new territory and you can witness it being explored by a very fine singer/songwriter/poet/banjo virtuoso and his group. Promises Moe: «Everyone will get a balloon. Farewell, see you soon.»