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Tiny Moving Parts

Typically when we think of family bands we jump to siblings or parents with their children. Minnesota trio Tiny Moving Parts though are a family band of a different kind. The band consists of brother Matthew and William ‘Billy’  Chevalier alongside their cousin Dylan Mattheisen.

Despite this slightly unconventional family lineup, Mattheisen told City Hub that without their close family connection the band would cease to function.

“We’ve been around each other ever since we were toddlers… We’re like a tripod, we need all three of us to make it work well.”

As the group geared up for just their second visit to Australia, but first as a headline act, Mattheisen reflected on the band’s early years and goals.

“Our biggest goal back in the day was to book a full DIY US tour playing basement shows, coffee shops and whatever we could,” he recalled, “We did that in 2013, so each year we’ve just set new goals and kept writing new records.”

Last year Tiny Moving Parts released their fifth full-length album entitled, breathe. This new record sees the group taking their music to another level as they explore themes rooted in mental health, anxiety and mortality.

Whilst Mattheisen realises it is a cliche to say that “it’s an outlet” for himself to write about these topics he can’t argue the benefits it has had one his own mental health. On top of the personal benefits, Mattheisen and his cousins have also witnessed the impact their music is having on members of their fanbase.

“To have people screaming the words to these songs with us is a very special connection that you really can’t describe. Seeing that inspires me to keep writing about these really personal and emotional things because it’s obviously helping people.”

After touring Australia as a support act for Luca Brasi in 2018 Mattheisen said Tiny Moving Parts couldn’t be more happy to return.

“We never thought we’d play outside of the States ever. So the fact that this is our second time coming to Australia, let alone headlining, is very very wonderful.”

Jan 25. Lansdowne Hotel, 2-6 City Rd, Chippendale. $46.87+b.f. Tickets & Info: www.thelansdownepub.com.au

Jan 26. The Metro Lair, 624 George St, Sydney. $44+b.f. Tickets & Info: www.metrotheatre.com.au

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