The Orpheum & For Your Friends Presents:
Have Mercy, Tiny Moving Parts, Broadside, Nothing, Nowhere
Thu · May 25, 2017
Doors: 5:15 pm / Show: 6:15 pmThe Orpheum
$19.00 - $22.00
This event is all ages
Tiny Moving Parts
On-sale: 1/20 at Noonhttp://www.theorpheum.com/event/1417125/
When it comes to Tiny Moving Parts, a literal family band from the tiny town of Benson, MN, there's no problem operating in close quarters. Vocalist/guitarist Dylan Mattheisen and his cousins–bassist Matthew Chevalier and drummer Billy Chevalier, who are brothers–have been best friends since their childhood. As Mattheisen puts it: "We'd be hanging out every day no matter what."
Growing up in what many people would simply describe as "the middle of nowhere," Mattheisen and his bandmates didn't have the same path into punk music as most young people do. Without a structured or storied local scene, the three found music on their own terms and created a positive connection to it from the beginning.
In fact, the first thing you realize when you talk to the guys in Tiny Moving Parts is how much joy they derive from being on the road. They've used their music to visit places they never thought they'd be able to go while growing up on the sprawling farmlands of their Minnesota hometown, which houses just 3,000 residents. They've built connections with people all over the country, delivering the same positive attitude they've had toward music all their lives to people who they never thought they'd meet. And, perhaps most impressively, Mattheisen and his cousins are the type of band that appreciates even the nuances of being on the road–navigating their way into a city for the first time, sleeping on living room floors, setting up and breaking down their gear, even the long overnight drives–it's not only worth it to Tiny Moving Parts, it's a part of their essence. The permanent smiles on their faces while they're playing will make you believe that before they even finish their opening song.
The group's positive mindset and close relationship helped them "figure out their sound" over the past couple of years, as Mattheisen says. Their new album, Pleasant Living, out September 9 via Triple Crown Records, showcases a band that has moved past its growing pains and is finding its tride. From the youthful exuberance and frenetic drum work on the opening "Sundress" to the purposefully suppressed yet intense closer "Van Beers," it's apparent from first listen that Tiny Moving Parts knew exactly what they wanted to do with Pleasant Living. And with the help of producer extraordinaire J. Robbins, they were able to get right down to it in a fashion that excels their sophomore status, entering the realm of veteran pomp. Pleasant Living isn't afraid to belt you with its power, it isn't apologetic about being in your face–and neither are the lively personas behind the band.
"I think we've found a happy balance here," Mattheisen says of his band's follow-up to 2013's This Couch Is Long And Full Of Friendship (Kind Of Like Records). "It's mathy, it's complex, it's thought-out, but there's still an element of having fun sing-along songs in there. We really can't wait for people to hear the album." Lead single "Always Focused" defines the dynamic Mattheisen speaks of, with a noodly guitar riff and cries of, "I let myself down when I beat myself up." He says it's a song about worrying: "Even though I overthink everything, I wouldn't have it any other way."
Where This Couch Is Long was a story of a young person trying to discover themselves, Pleasant Living accurately reflects the group's collective unbridled enthusiasm; it's a record about finding a way to remain optimistic in life. It's honest punk rock written by three guys from the Midwest who are experiencing the world together for the first time, and it's a record that Tiny Moving Parts will take to every person who will listen.
Vocalist, Oliver Baxxter also made a special appearance on Alternative Press' Blog in 2015 under 'How To Look Pop-Punk: Style Essentials with Broadside's Ollie Baxxter.'
Oliver also has a clothing line called "Damaged Kids" that speaks up for anyone lost in their own regret, fear or anxiety… For the beaten, broken and bruised, for Damaged Kids. View clothing brand here.
Drummer, Andrew Dunton created custom coffee/tea mugs for the Alternative lifestyle named "Hard Luck Mugs." View Hard Luck Mugs here.
You develop a more realistic understanding of your mortality, you realize that the pendulum of time keeps swinging. Faces fade and people change. Life can be garbage, the idea is to find meaning within the suffering. This project is about connecting with others through honest emotion and nothing more." - n,n.
Somewhere, in a cluttered basement in rural Vermont, you will find "nothing,nowhere." creating in solitude.
In this very basement - a socially anxious kid has ironically managed to reach not only the rest of the country, but the globe.
Since creating the project in April of 2015, the project surpassed a million plays on SoundCloud in just 10 months and has found a home within the new wave of internet music. It's midwest emo meets southern trap; heart wrenching guitar riffs with unapologetic 808s and razor sharp hi-hats. Forget a genre, it is what it is - and nothing,nowhere. wouldn't have it any other way.
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