There doesn't seem like there's enough of a gap, between when EMO ruled the world and now, for EMO to have a revival. But while hip-hop and urban rules the airwaves and Spotify charts, there is in fact a quiet return to EMO afoot - one of the acts at the forefront of EMO's revival are family band Tiny Moving Parts.
TIny Moving Parts are comprised of brothers William and Matthew Chevalier and their cousin Dylan Mattheisen. Playing together since their early teens, the trio quickly came to the attention of record labels, and their debut album arrived in 2008. In the following decade Tiny Moving Parts (or TMP to their fans) have released 6 albums and have become well-know for their wacky antics on social media, including their love of hot tubs.
We caught up with frontman Dylan Mattheisen ahead of the group's Dublin date in The Workman's Club on October 12th.
<<GP>> You guys love hot tubs. Where’s the best place you’ve ever hot-tubbed? And what are your top tips for a good time in a hot tub?
The gnarliest hot tub ever was Guðrúnarlaug! It’s a natural geothermal pool in Western Iceland. It’s so beautiful there, we drank lots of Coca-Cola and relaxed for hours in it. I'd recommend to have some cold beverages of your choice, and invite friends for a truly amazing hot tub experience!
<<GP>> You guys tour pretty hard. Does the constant stimulation of new places and faces and experiences mean that you experience sensory withdrawals when you come off tour?
It’s fair to say we miss the road when we’re not on it. It’s pretty hard to beat meeting new people and playing rock'n’roll!
<<GP>> Mental health is a constantly reoccurring theme in your music. If you could give people one piece of advice to improve their mental health what would it be?
Making sure to have enough sleep is a big deal for your brain. Eating healthy obviously will help too. Sometimes I have to take a step back and look at the big picture, tell the boys “Maybe we shouldn’t do McDonald’s for the 3rd day in a row!”
<<GP>> You guys are on record as saying you receive lots of mail from fans around mental health issues. Have you noticed those letters are getting bleaker since Trump came into power?
It’s important to find an outlet to express your thoughts and emotions. I first-hand get help from my tour family, simply having a conversation with one another. It’s not healthy to bundle things inside. When fans feel the need to say certain things to us, we love to listen and help in any way we can.
<<GP>> The landscape for EMO bands is currently quite precarious, what do you think are the biggest issues facing the genre, internally and externally?
The biggest issue facing our genre, and our fan base, right now is mental health. I feel there should be more help for bands' mental health on tour. I love being on the road, but at times it can be stressful. It can hurt your brain not knowing what day or time it is, constantly travelling city to city, missing events back at home, etc.
<<GP>> You’re four albums into your career now, how would you rank your releases to date?
'Swell' would have to be my number one! I feel we work harder and harder with every release, and the result is so rewarding. It’s hard to rank the other ones because we love them all dearly! We promise to always put out records we love.
<<GP>> Some songs are easier to record than others...with that in mind, which song do you feel proudest to have achieved what you set out to in the studio?
Warm Hand Splash. Safe to say it was the most time consuming TMP song we’ve ever written! We knew when writing the song that it could have potential to be one of our favourites if it’s done right. I re-wrote the first verse at least 5-6 times - different vocal melodies, changing keys, and so many other things to finally get to what we wanted. Now when we play the song live, it’s one we always look forward to. Watching the crowd sing along makes all that stress and time put in writing go away!
<<GP>> You’re coming to Ireland soon, what can fans expect from your show and what are you looking to check out while in the country?
You'll be a part of an energetic fun live rock and roll show experience! Billy plays fast drums so you'll be hearing lots of drum noises! We are big fans of nature so we hope to find some cool spots to roam! We want to hit up some awesome pubs as well. Our family is Irish so they’re all jealous we’re coming over!
Tiny Moving Parts play The Workman's Club, Dublin on October 12th. Tickets €13.00.