A Taste of Math Rock in Indianapolis: Tiny Moving Parts Tour Review

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On Oct. 24th, Tiny Moving Parts performed their third show of their American tour at The Citadel Music Hall alongside Fredo Disco and Standards.

The opening act, Standards, has two band members, Marcos Mena on guitar and Kynwyn Sterling on drums. Despite the band being formed in 2017, the current members did not begin to play together until January of this year.

The band came out quick and only dealt with a small problem when one of the cymbals fell on the drum set, although this could pose a large challenge to the sound of a small band, you could tell they were prompt and worked together to fix it, while still sounding great in the process.

The members spoke about their time on the tour, “We never come out here,” Mena said. “It’s cool that Tiny Moving Parts is taking us out here.”

Standards performing their set

Even though the tour has not been on for very long, the other member spoke about her perspective of the tour, “This is the longest tour I’ve ever been on, so I am a little nervous,” Sterling said. “So far it’s good.”

The band is playing a new song on the tour and planning on having their first album out by next year.

After Standards set, Fredo Disco came on a bit late after some technical difficulties and started with their song, “jimbo.”

The band out of Chicago Illinois is comprised of Fredo Disco, also known as Fredo Fosco on lead vocals and acoustic guitar, Colin Riordan on drums, Aidan Cada on bass, Max King on lead guitar, and Michael Mangan on rhythm guitar continued on to play “shower song” and presented with great stage presence. 

During one of the songs, they utilized a cajón for some of their songs, which provided the other members time to set up for the rest of the set and was the first time I got to heard the use of one live. 

Something I enjoyed to hear was the use of two of the members doing back up vocals, singing different parts than the lead singer. This gave the live versions of their songs more body and almost created a ‘round’ in the songs that let listeners experience the use of part-singing that can’t really be heard in their recorded songs.

Colin Riodran playing the cajón during the Fredo Disco set

As someone who had never heard of Fredo Disco before, I can honestly say I found their music to be great live and their stage presence was good. With their new song coming out in November, I can honestly say I am excited to see what they have in store.

The final performance of the night came from Tiny Moving Parts, a math rock trio out of Benson, Minnesota. With Dylan Mattheisen on lead vocals and guitar, William "Bill" Chevalier on drums, and Matthew Chevalier on bass guitar and backing vocals, the band came out and played both their old and new songs, starting off with “Bloody Nose”, a song of their new album “breathe.”.

The intricate set design reminded me of what I saw at a Weezer concert, where they base their set design off of their album designs and music videos of the time. Although Weezer changes their set design multiple times during a concert depending on the songs they are playing and what album they came off of, Tiny Moving Parts found a way to replicate this experience but only based the design off their recent album.

Dylan Mattheisen of Tiny Moving Parts performing

Another small detail that I loved was seeing Bill Chevalier’s drum kit, with the perfect for a solo cup-sized cup holder, along with the band’s well-known amps, which is covered in faces of puppies. These aspects are what makes Tiny Moving Parts set design unique in a time where many artists don’t care to focus on their design past their merch and album artwork.

After playing a full set, Mattheisen brought out an electric banjo to use on one of their final songs, before playing their encore. Overall, I would recommend anyone interested in math rock to check out all these bands’ music and if you get a chance to see them live, you should definitely take it.

For the entire photo story of the concert by Samuel Tester, click here.

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