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Earlier this year, Benson, Minnesota based trio Tiny Moving Parts unveiled their fourth studio album Swell, available through Big Scary Monsters in the UK and Europe. Led by Dylan Mattheisen on vocals and guitar, the album has garnered the band further critical acclaim for their contemporary emo sound, honed on their previous three albums This Couch Is Long & Full Of Friendship, Pleasant Living, and 2016’s Celebrate.
To date, Swell has spawned three singles, revealing lead track Caution back towards the end of 2017, and dropping Applause and Warm Hand Splash in the run up to the release. Alongside the album’s remaining seven tracks, the three singles see Tiny Moving Parts embrace positivity in the face of adversity; the album itself wearing its message on its cover. A heavily injured hand rocks the “surf’s up” gesture, fighting against any negativity in the situation.
As Tiny Moving Parts prepare to reach the UK for live dates in April 2018, we asked Dylan, and siblings William and Matthew Chevalier (drums and bass guitar respectively) for their go-to positive tunes. Here’s what they fired back.
Tegan and Sara – Closer
“It’s a hit! Makes you wanna dance the night away!”
Carly Rae Jepsen – Cut To The Feeling
“Carly Rae’s got a great vibe. You always want to turn this one up!”
The Darkness – Growing On Me
“Awesome rock and roll song! The Darkness just know how to get the party going.”
Whitney Houston – I Wanna Dance With Somebody
“You can’t listen to this song without wanting to dance. It’s impossible!”
Kenny Chesney – Everything’s Gonna Be Alright
“This song’s got classic pop sensibilities, with an uplifting message! Heck yeah!”
Afroman – Because I Got High
“We play in the van once in a while. It’s a funny one!”
Sia – Chandelier
“The chorus is an absolute banger!!!”
Bruce Springsteen – Dancing In The Dark
“It’s a feel-good song you always want to turn up when you listen to it! Love Bruce!”
Jeff Rosenstock – 9/10
“9/10 has a chill theme that clicks nicely. Quite soothing for the ear drums.”
Tiny Moving Parts tour the UK in April 2018. Here are those dates:
7 April 2018 – Joiners, Southampton
8 April 2018 – Bodega, Nottingham
9 April 2018 – Think Thank, Newcastle
10 April 2018 – Stereo, Glasgow
11 April 2018 – Key Club, Leeds
12 April 2018 – Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff
13 April 2018 – The Dome, London
14 April 2018 – The Asylum 2, Birmingham
15 April 2018 – Deaf Institute, Manchester
Tickets for selected dates are available now through Ticketmaster.co.uk.