I spent most of this summer just going to gigs and not taking photos or following them up with a review, but I forgot how much I loved it.
Tiny Moving Parts has been one of my discoveries this year that has already made it into my musical canon. Seeing them perform was pretty emotional. Their single, ‘Headache’, means a lot to me and singing along with them was something I won’t soon forget.
There’s something consistently amazing with how math rock bands like The Fall Of Troy and Tiny Moving Parts manage to perform twiddly and frenetic rock with an enthusiasm that’s just as intense as their music.
In a lot of ways, their dynamic performances are counter intuitive to how you would imagine them to be. With technical syncopation and finger blistering riffs, you assume the eyes of each band member glued to the necks of their guitars, along with an unwavering stare from the drummers waiting for cues.
The only time members of Tiny Moving Parts ceased the barrage of their blended emo and math rock was to show case their Midwestern upbeat politeness and invite the crowd to have a drink with them after the set. The Minnesota natives are supporting the release of the excellent new album Celebrate which, combined with their performance, focuses on the theme of the overwhelming sensation of being in the present moment and the creeping emergence of nostalgia into life.
With The Fall of Troy, there was an organised and rhythmic chaos from the moment they began their set, which featured tracks from their first new album in 11 years, OK, to their encore where they played their catchiest and most recongisible track ‘F.C.P.Remix’.
As a band recognised by their unrelenting pace and over the top energy, they came into their own when creating a broader soundscape than just speedy riffs followed by distorted, Screamo choruses. Psychedelic solos and jazz influenced interludes gave the performance a cohesion that made them sound more akin to The Mars Volta than to their earlier albums.
At the same time, The Fall of Troy maintained an over the top, hardcore intensity that defines their sound and filled the crowd with an energy that propelled many of them to stage dive and in the less than suitable setting of The Fleece.
Tiny Moving Parts and The Fall of Troy share a common genre with math rock, but during their sets the bands exemplified how they, more importantly, share the aim of creating a sound that connects people emotionally.