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Album Review: Tiny Moving Parts – “Swell”

So I get the nod from Dave Buck at Dying Scene…I can be the new writer. Am I geeked? Sure. Overwhelmed? Yeah. I wonder to myself, tho, how am I to write about the Punk world when it’s been such a let-down over the last forever that I’ve kinda just let myself get lost in other musical interests? As a guitarist, much of Punk and Ska and…well, that whole encompassment…it’s boring. I get the simplicity. I really do. My first Punk band was simple. I only really played power chords. But that was when I was 18…I’m 35 now. I need guitar amazingness to keep focused. I listened to a lot of Metalcore there for a while because at least those guitarists tried to play better than novicely. In my heart, I knew that Punk would catch up. But it’s like: I’d watch videos of metalhead guitarists that had only been playing a year or 2 doing advanced fretwork and then listen to Punk and it was lacking. Then, punkers were all like: “That’s not what Punk’s about. It’s about the rage…” or something like that. I’m sure you’ve all heard the arguments.

Always with the arguments!
C’mon, people.

These “pro” Punk bands don’t play in 5. I mean: Blink 182 released a song in 6/8 and it was so profound to Punk that they had to name it 6/8. This is where Punk is eventho Between the Buried and Me have been around forever. The simple song structuring is pathetic. It’s like bands don’t realize they can write songs without 3 choruses. The Punk world is so closed off to the external music world that they’re like those republicans that act like homosexulity and marijuana usage aren’t modestly prevalent.

So yeah…I kinda gave up on Punk. So many bands release a couple good cds and take a new direction. Like The Flatliners. They straight-up gave up on Ska and people act like that isn’t treason. I, as a Punk fan, was completely bruised by the willful trajectory of Punk bands that I quit listening to it. Tho, I still loved the genre. I kept looking for more and more obscure, eclectic forms. I stumbled upon Bomb The Music Industry and really liked some of that…but, once again, it went huge and Pop…by huge, I mean epic. That whole Jeff Rosenstock project seemed to blow its brains out. It was beautiful, but like The Beatles, it just makes me think: “Well, what the fuck is the point of that shit?”

Here’s to art, tho.

I ended up getting into The Front Bottoms. There was that post-Against Me thing that happened when The Menzingers were the hip thang. You remember. (I know my timeline is kinda wonky but like I said, I was sick of Punk. Didn’t pay it much attention and the attention I did pay it was sporadic, at best.) I felt like The Front Bottoms were Punk on a more visceral level than what I had heard in a long time. But, as we all found out, they just wanna record over-processed crap now. Maybe they were never Punk at all.

I wish these Pop Punk bands would realize that you can’t always play to teenage girls. Teenage girls grow up into adult women.

But, music is timeless.
So, I’m the idiot.

I listened to so many bands…trying them out…all different levels of Punk…I’d spend hours of my unemployed life clicking videos on YouTube and meandering thru Bandcamp…I was literally bingeing on music and it all sucked. Then I found Punch Brothers and was completely stupefied by Chris Thile’s talent and thought: “Well, Punk and Ska are absolutely retarded. As a musician, I have to pay attention to this. Everything else can fuck off.”

Time passed.
More time passed.

Then I seen a picture of Tiny Moving Parts. Pretty sure it was thumbnail size.  And I knew they were the ones to listen to. You can call them whatever genre you like, but they epitomize Punk, to me. The Misfits suck compared to them. Green Day sucks compared to them. Less Than Jake…well, I wouldn’t go that far.

This was back in 2013. The cd I was listening to non-stop was This Couch is Long & Full of Friendship. As a guitarist, I was like: “I love you Dylan. Thank you for doing what you are doing.” Cuz like: It’s hard to imbue advanced guitar techniques into a genre where they aren’t already being used. 2nd year metalheads can fingertap and play in 5 because it’s already been done a billion times. You have to listen to Calculating Infinity at least once as a metalhead, just like you have to listen to Dookie at least once as a punker. Tiny Moving Parts put it all together…as far as creative tapping goes. Does it sound like traditional Punk? No. I’m glad it doesn’t. We can’t usher in the next great era of Punk and have it sound like heyday Punk. Influence causes evolution.

Anyway…each new Tiny Moving Parts cd is better than the last. In the good way. They always show an intellectual progression. I don’t know about you, but I need that. Not just lyrically. But compositionally, too. Now with Swell, the guys have come to the level of “we’re obviously going to be legends…you watch.” The tapping part in Feel Alive where the vocals are: ‘I want to feel alive all the time’ is the most beautifully poignant section of music I have ever heard…and I have listened to Oh My Darling Clementine by The Sweptaways on repeat for well over an hour. I watched the playthru for Feel Alive and the guitar part isn’t particularly hard, as far as tapping goes…but the entirety just leaves me speechless.

I like the line in Smooth It Out that goes: ‘I will starve myself, I will do anything to help’. In this time of great political uproar, I doubt any politician would go that far for their country. The honesty of Tiny Moving Parts is like nothing else. I could quote them for days, pointing out just how genuine they are…I think they show a vulnerability that people are terrified of. The mask of Punk…yeah, it’s all bullshit. All the belligerent philosophizing…bullshit. What I take from Swell is peace and an undeniable energy that fuels me to live life more receptively. I could sit here and type up a treatise about the musicianship of the entire band. No, they aren’t Prog and they do tend to stay within reach of common structuring but it seems they don’t need to be anything other than their own expectorating catharses, so to speak. Liike 311, they do so much with the few minutes they do take for a song that any musician cannot argue their talent.

Swell sounds really good, too. From a production standpoint, it’s dope. They put effort into it, but didn’t saturate anything too much. They just presented the songs they wrote. I hope they keep that for the rest of their career. And if they do wind up getting sonically meh, I hope I don’t hear it. I hope I’m deaf to any kind of over-producing.

I know Swell came out like 5 months ago. But it’s about the only thing that’s really new to me as far as Punk goes (much love to Days N Daze). Surely, I’d like to find myself deep in the scene. I’d like to start going to concerts again. I know that sometimes you gotta see a band live before you really get em. I lack perspective. It’s cool, tho. Voids are there to be filled.

5/5 Stars



The Wonder Years announce tour with Tigers Jaw, Tiny Moving Parts, and Worriers

The Wonder Years have announced some summer US tour dates where they will be joined by Tigers Jaw, Tiny Moving Parts, and Worriers.

You can check out all the dates and locations below.

The Wonders years are getting ready to release their new album Sister Cities on April 6th through Hopeless Records.



Tiny Moving Parts on US tour

Benson, Minnesota’s yelly, mathy, super rad Tiny Moving Parts have begun their US tour. The band will be in Hamden, CT tonight, and striking south afterward. Check out the full list of dates below.

The tour will end in early March, and will notably not stop in their home state of Minnesota, which I am totally not mentioning out of resentment stemming from my culturally nurtured Minnesotan passive-aggressiveness.

But in all seriousness, if they’re stopping near you, you should check them out. Their latest album, “Swell,” was released last month.



Tiny Moving Parts premiere ‘Warm Hand Splash’

Master shredders Tiny Moving Parts have dropped a brand new track. ‘Warm Hand Splash’ is the third single from their up and coming full length ‘Swell’, out January 26th via Triple Crown Records.

If you’re excited to catch the new songs live, don’t sleep on getting tickets for their winter tour with Mom Jeans and Oso Oso. Full dates for that and an easy playable link to ‘Warm Hand Splash’ below.



Tiny Moving Parts announce new album “Swell”

Minnesota emo band Tiny Moving Parts have announced that they will be releasing a brand new album called Swell on January 26th. The announcement comes hot off the heels of the brand new single and first track off of the album, “Caution”, which they premiered a video for last week.

Pre-orders for the album are currently available here. Stay tuned as more details regarding the record come to light.

Swell will serve as a follow-up to 2016s Celebrate, both released through Triple Crown Records.



Tiny Moving Parts release video for new track “Caution”

Minnesota emo/pop-punk group Tiny Moving Parts have released a new single, “Caution”. The track is out on all the usual streaming and download platforms. but has also been given the video treatment. More info on an upcoming album look like they are to follow shortly.

You can watch the video for “Caution” below.



Real Friends announce tour with Have Mercy, Tiny Moving Parts, Broadside & Nothing, Nowhere

Real Friends have announced an epic tour from the end of April until into June, with Have Mercy, Tiny Moving Parts, Broadside and Nothing, Nowhere in support. Tickets are on sale from the band’s website.

A full list of the dates is below.



Tiny Moving Parts releases new music video – “Common Cold”

Minnesota emo/pop-punk group Tiny Moving Parts have a new music video out for their song, “Common Cold,” and you can watch it below.

The song comes from the band’s latest album, Celebrate, which they released back in May via Triple Crown Records. You can order a copy right here.

The release of the new video coincides with the start of the band’s fall US/Canada tour with Touché Amoré and Culture Abuse. Check out the dates/locations for that here.



The Wonder Years announce UK/EU tour with PUP and Tiny Moving Parts

The Wonder Years have announced a tour across the UK and Europe, with PUP and Tiny Moving Parts in support. PUP will be in support from January 31st to February 5th, and Tiny Moving Parts will play all dates.

See if there’s a show near you below.

The band’s latest album No Closer To Heaven was released in September, 2015 through Hopeless Records.



Culture Abuse announce U.S. tour with Touche Amore and Tiny Moving Parts

SF punks Culture Abuse have announced U.S. tour dates with Los Angeles screamo/hardcore group Touché Amoré and Minnesota’s Tiny Moving Parts. You can check out the dates below.

The band’s debut album Peach was released on April 8th through 6131 Records. Head over here to listen to the LP.



Tiny Moving Parts stream new album, ‘Celebrate’

Minnesota’s Tiny Moving Parts have released a stream of their new album Celebrate. You can give it a listen, courtesy of Noisey, here.

Tiny Moving Parts will release Celebrate on May 20, 2016 via Triple Crown Records. It can be pre-ordered here.



Tiny Moving Parts stream new track “Common Cold”

Minnesotan pop punk trio Tiny Moving Parts have just started streaming their brand new song “Common Cold”. Fiddling with some complex changes in tempo, the song song is a moody burst of melancholy energy, and is well worth a listen. Check it out here.

“Common Cold” comes off the band’s upcomming album “Celebrate”, which is set for a release on May 20th via Triple Crown Records. It can be pre-ordered here.



New Video: Tiny Moving Parts – “Headache”

Minnesota (you can tell by the pullover) pop punk trio Tiny Moving Parts teamed up with NPR for a brand-spanking-new music video. It’s for the track “Headache,” and it involves drinking beer and polar bear plunges and bathing in a tub filled with Froot Loops and a whole bunch of random other crap. Check it out here.

“Headache” appears on Tiny Moving Parts’ upcoming sophomore release, “Celebrate,” which is due out May 20th on Triple Crown.



Tiny Moving Parts detail new LP “Celebrate”, stream debut track “Happy Birthday”, announce US tour dates

Minnesotan pop punk trio Tiny Moving Parts have announced their upcoming LP Celebrate . You can check out the debut track off that album entitled “Happy Birthday”, as well as upcoming US tour dates below.

Their previous album, Pleasant Living was released in 2014, through Triple Crown Records.



Music Video: Tiny Moving Parts – “Sundress”

Minnesota’s Tiny Moving Parts have released a music video for their song “Sundress”. The track comes from the album Pleasant Living.

Check it out below.

Pleasant Living was released on September 9, 2014, through Triple Crown Records.