by Tim Birkbeck
Atmosphere is everything when it comes to live music. The vibe within an album can most certainly make or break a show and if the energy of the room is felt by everyone it can lead to an amazing experience.
When that atmosphere is one of anticipation it can throw up mixed feelings. Are the bands going to live up to what you have built in your mind? Will they play your favourite songs? Will they come across as complete dicks?
In the case of Tiny Moving Parts there was never any need to have these concerns as they blew all expectations out of the water at a packed out Joiners in Southampton.
Opening the show were local boys Scarecrow Boat, who just seemed super hyped to be on the show. There music wasn’t exactly anything groundbreaking, the typical indie rock with heavy guitars which has become extremely popular in the UK over the last few years.
The most entertaining part of their set was their Duracell bunny of a bass player who pointed to the strobe light for a cue which never came.
So far in 2018 Big Scary Monsters have been killing it with their new releases and signings, and latest addition Orchards seem to be setting in right at home.
Twinkly guitars matches but really catchy melody is a formula for success. It helps that the band has a very charismatic vocalist in the shape of Lucy Evers, who you can’t help be transfixed by with her dancing around the stage. If it wasn’t for the fact the Tiny Moving Parts were the headliners of this show Orchards could have easily conducted the crowd all to themselves.
But when the trio from Minnesota took to the stage the every levels increased ten fold. There is something about their music which just lifts a room and right from the first strum of the guitar the joiners came alive.
What adds to Tiny Moving Parts likeability is the fact you can clearly see that they are having the best time on stage as well. And it wasn’t long before there was wave after wave of people stage diving.
With four full-length records to pull reference from the band played a perfect blend of new and older material, but it was the material from new record Swell which got the more extensive outing, with songs like “Feel Alive” and “Smooth It Out” really getting the crowd working.
There was an awkward moment in the bands second to last song where a fan jumped on stage and grabbed vocalist / guitarist Dylan Mattheisen’s microphone which was met by a sea of boos. But the band regained their composure and finished out the night.
For a band who are on their first ever UK headline tour, this being the first night of said tour, is a surefire sign that there will be many more to come.