AUSTIN, Texas – Celebrating their new album, Tiny Moving Parts and their touring company performed to a freezing yet sold-out audience at Austin’s Barracuda on Wednesday, Feb. 21.
With nearly 300 people swarmed around the venue’s outside stage area, the lineup, completed by the polyrhythmic fuzz-rock quartet Fever Blush for the Austin performance, didn’t let the brisk air put a damper on the celebratory and energetic mood.
Promoting Tiny Moving Parts’ new album, Swell, the Minnesota-based band took to the road for a 32-day tour across the U.S. with support from fellow self-proclaimed emo-revivalists Mom Jeans and Oso Oso, with local support varying with location. With over half of the venues already reporting tickets as sold out, Tiny Moving Parts have reached a milestone with this tour.
Drummer William Chevalier has been a part of Tiny Moving Parts since the band’s inception. According to Chevalier, the band’s trajectory from shows played to five audience members to sold-out crowds has made all of Tiny Moving Parts humble and incredibly thankful to be able to pursue music to this extent.
“It’s kind of amazing,” Chevalier said. “We’re just taking this tour day by day and soaking it all in. These have been the most fun shows that we’ve ever played.”
In a crowd that mostly consisted of high school and college-aged people, Kevin Martinez, a 40-year-old carpenter from El Paso, could be found headbanging along at the bar. Martinez drove from El Paso with his 19-year-old daughter, Christina Martinez, just to see the concert.
“I hate when people say this is young people’s music,” Kevin Martinez said. “No music is just for a specific group of people. I fell in love with this music with my daughter, and so I’m here to enjoy it with my daughter. Is there anything more you could ask for?”
Eric Butler, the vocalist and a guitarist for Mom Jeans, joked about the cold weather as the Californian emo quartet began their set.
“If I make a lot of mistakes on guitar it’s because I’m so cold,” Butler said as Mom Jeans burst into their first song.
Mom Jeans, known by fans for the rowdiness of their shows, brought a barrage of crowd surfing from their very first note. “Death Cup,” one of the group’s most played songs according to Spotify, embodied the liveliness of the night as bodies flew from the stage and fists pumped in the air. In an effort to fill dead space as the band changed tunings, Mom Jeans bassist Gabriel Paganin told well-received dad jokes.
“Why couldn’t the life guard save the hippy?” Paganin said. “He was too far out.”
Oso Oso, an alternative-emo quartet, have played for the entirety of the tour. The New York-based ensemble recently announced their own spring tour yet there are no Texas dates on the calendar. Billy Mannino, the bassist for Oso Oso, said that there’s nothing more enjoyable than getting to make music with your friends every day.
“It’s been so much fun to be a part of this tour,” Mannino said. “This is definitely the coolest thing I’ve ever been a part of.”
Written by: Sawyer Click
Photos by: Demetrius Judkins @wolfspiritofthesun