I felt like a kid on Christmas upon hearing the news of another new song from Minnesota family band Tiny Moving Parts. “Boxcar” is the second song to be released from the band’s forthcoming sophomore full-length Pleasant Living, which is already gearing up to be one of the best albums of the year.
It’s already easy to tell that Pleasant Living will most certainly not be This Couch Is Long and Full of Friendship: The Second Cushion in any way, shape, or form. TMP’s debut record showcased the brash, louder sides of their math-rock, emo-“skramz” sound. What “Boxcar” and the previously-released “Always Focused” are showing us is that it’s perfectly alright to take a chill pill and let the music just come out.
The one thing that stuck in my mind, aside from the fact that I kept pressing “repeat” over and over again, was how much I was reminded of Blink-182 throughout the whole song. I thought it may be due to the fact that frontman Dylan Mattheisen has half-traded in his throat-endangering shouts for actual melodic singing this time around, until I listened to “Always Focused” again. It’s clear that Tiny Moving Parts are reaching for influence and roots-based ideologies on Pleasant Living. There’s a heavy ’90s punk vibe laden throughout both tracks, even if you have to pick at it with tweezers to notice it.
Overall, the track is outstanding. Mattheisen’s vocals may be an acquired taste–even more so now–but he still shines and is an energetic and endearing frontman; not to mention, he is easily one of the best guitarists in the game right now. His cousins Matt (bass/vocals) and Bill Chevalier (drums) also stand out in their respective rights within the song’s two and a half minutes; everything just sounds so tightly together in such a defined unit that I can’t even think of specifics. The parts, as tiny as they claim to be, are moving together at a rapid pace, and this band is going to explode with their upcoming release.
Tiny Moving Parts will release Pleasant Living on September 9th through Triple Crown Records. You can listen to “Boxcar” over at Noisey.