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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



McCafferty Release Video For “Paper, Plastic, Copyright”

Ohio indie punks McCafferty have released a video for “Paper, Plastic, Copyright”. The song is taken from full length“Yarn”, which came out last Friday (23rd March) via Triple Crown Records

You can watch the video below and buy the album from all the usual outlets.



McCafferty stream another new track, “Strain”

Ohio indie punks McCafferty have released a second advance track ahead of their new album. “Strain” follows recent single “Loser“; both are taken from full length“Yarn”, out March 23rd via Triple Crown Records. Pre-orders are already available here.

You can have a listen to (really rather good) “Strain” below.



McCafferty debuts new track ‘Loser’

Ohio indie punks McCafferty have dropped a brand new track. Loser is the first single from the band’s upcoming full length “Yarn”, out March 23rd via Triple Crown Records. Pre-orders are already available here.

McCafferty already released a split with Heart Attack Man earlier this month. Check out their brand new single ‘Loser’ below.



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.



Heart Attack Man release video for “Cool Kids Table”

Ohio’s Heart Attack Man have released a video of a live performance at Bad Racket Recording Studio in Cleveland. The song is called “Cool Kids Table” and is taken from their latest album “The Manson Family” which came out earlier this year on Triple Crown Records. Watch it below.

The band are currently in the middle of a tour with The Early November and The Movielife. Here are the remaining dates:

September 27 – St. Louis, MO – Fubar
September 29 – Dallas, TX – Curtain Club
September 30 – Houston, TX – Walter’s
October 1 – Austin, TX – Mohawk



Small Circle (feat. members of Sorority Noise) stream debut album “cyclical”

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania based alternative emo act Small Circle is streaming their debut album cyclical via their Bandcamp page. You can listen to it in full below.

Small Circle features vocals from Marissa D’Elia, and 3 members of Sorority Noise (Cam Boucher, Adam Ackerman, Charlie Singer). cyclical was released on September 8 via Boucher’s Flower Girl Records, as well as Triple Crown Records.



Small Circle (feat members of Sorority Noise) stream track from upcoming album “cyclical”

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania based alternative emo act Small Circle is streaming a new track titled “spinning” from their upcoming debut album. You can listen to it below.

Small Circle features vocals from Marissa D’Elia, and 3 members of Sorority Noise (Cam Boucher, Adam Ackerman, Charlie Singer). Their debut album will be titled cyclical, and is set to be released on September 8 via Boucher’s Flower Girl Records, as well as Triple Crown Records.



Free Throw stream new album “Bear Your Mind”

Nashville emo/pop-punk band Free Throw are currently streaming their entire new album “Bear Your Mind” via their Bandcamp page. You can listen to it below.

“Bear Your Mind” released on May 26 via Triple Crown Records, and follows their debut album “Those Days Are Gone” which was released September 16, 2014 via Count Your Lucky Stars Records.



Album Review: Sorority Noise – “You’re Not As ____ As You Think”

I got my daughter’s  report card last week.  It listed out all of these qualities, “Attention to Detail” “Drawing inside the lines”; and all down the line, the teacher checked “Meets Expectations.”  The only category that got “Exceeds Expectations” was “Sits Quietly in Class.”  A chip off the old block.  It got me thinking.  “Meets Expectations” is good.  There’s nothing wrong with it, it’s normal.  Now let’s consider this theory in the context of Sorority Noise’s third full length, You’re not as ___ as you think. After having “Forgettable” on heavy rotation, I have certain expectations.  As far as sound I’d say SN is 3 parts Say Anything, 1 part each of Conor Oberst, The Promise Ring, and Brand New; throw the whole thing in a Chicago Meat Grinder and enjoy.  So what were my expectations for You’re Not…?  I was expecting the band to clean up the low-fi aesthetic for something a little more polished, the usual for a maturing band.  I also figured SN would move away from the relationship/cigarette/stale beer-soaked angst into some more introspective subject matter.  I got all of that, but I got more, a lot more.

Sorority Noise hails from Hartford Connecticut. After listening to their earlier work, I would have sworn they were from Chicago.  It just feels like the recording process took place in a run-down apartment in the dead of winter with stale beer and cigarettes permeating the air.  The opening track of You’re not, “No Halo”, does a hell of a job clearing the air.  Gone are the Say Anything-esque drunken hooligan chants.  The smashing guitars replaced by piercingly-clean notes accentuated by harmonics.  When frontman Cameron Boucher hits the chorus, “So I didn’t show up to your funeral, I showed up to your house…” the guitars come crashing in reminiscent of that stagnant apartment in their not so distant past.  The lyrics most definitely have matured as the band tackles existentialism, loss, religion, and depression.  On the second track, “A Portrait Of” we get it all thrown into one.  At this point in the record, the tempo shifts, the dynamics, the choruses bring reminders of Brand New and/or Taking back Sunday,  the reason for this?  Mike Sapone who worked the boards for both of those bands is at the controls on You’re not.

The life and death theme continues in “First Letter from St. Sean” where Boucher wrestles with the loss of a close friend.  “A better Sun” rises next to drive away the darkness… or not.  Did I mention introspection?  “And it’s hard. So hard. And breathing, it just makes it worse.  And it’s bad. So bad. That it hurts.”  If you hadn’t noticed, Boucher is in some pain on this record and he lets it all bleed out.  “Disappeared” touches again on the loss of his friend Sean, and the pain of looking in the mirror and contemplating your own existence.  The drunken hooligan chants make a not-so-triumphant return, this time serving more like angry voices conflicting in his head “I let my hair down today and I took a shower for the first time in what felt like weeks.”  The themes of loss and its effect on our lives and relationships continues through the record.  The music, like raw emotions,  gets stripped down to the bone.  By the end we are left with more questions than answers.  When you experience loss and the depression that follows; the only solace to find is in giving up on both the answers and the questions and just living.

My conclusion…  some records don’t meet or exceed expectations, so I crossed those choices out, wrote “defies expectations” and put a check next to it.

4/5 Stars



Sorority Noise announce Australia headline shows

Hartford, Connecticut’s Sorority Noise have announced a run of headline shows in Australia alongside their appearance at Yours & Owls Festival in Wollongong, NSW. You can find the tour poster, dates, and locations below.

Sorority Noise will be touring in support of their latest album release, “You’re Not As _____ As You Think,” which was released on March 17 through Triple Crown Records.



Sorority Noise release new video for “No Halo”

Sorority Noise have released a video for “No Halo”. The track is from the band’s Triple Crown Records release “You’re Not As ______ As You Think”, which came out back in March.

You can watch the video below – and check out the remaining dates of their current tour.



Sorority Noise stream new song “Disappeared,” announce US tour

Hartford, Connecticut’s Sorority Noise have premiered another track from their upcoming album You’re Not As _____ As You Think and announced a US tour in support of the release.

You can give “Disappeared” a listen and check out the tour dates below.

You’re Not As _____ As You Think comes out on March 17th through Triple Crown Records. It will be the band’s third full-length album, following 2015’s Joy, Departed.



New Video: You Blew It! – “Arrowhead”

Florida progressive/emo/whatever band You Blew It! debuted a new video today. It’s for their track “Arrowhead,” and you can check it out below.

Like what you hear? “Arrowhead” appears on You Blew It!’s critically acclaimed latest album, “Abendrot,” which was released last November through Triple Crown Records. The band are also on tour with All Get Out, and you can check out the relevant dates and locations here!