I caught up with Billy Chevalier of the wonderful Tiny Moving Parts to discuss the reaction to The Couch Is Long and Full Of Friendship, the band's tour with The Front Bottoms and their plans for the future.
What are you up to at the moment?
Touring America!! We are on our way to Indianapolis. It's Dylan's birthday, and we're playing the Hoosier Dome with The Front Bottoms! We are going to get crazy tonight! Went all out for the special occasion and got a hotel with a 24 hour pool! We figured we'd splurge, and we love pool parties :D
What's been the story so far?
This tour has been the best one yet! Today is day 17, and tour has flown by. I'm glad we book long tours because I won't be ready to go home for a long time! We've played some rad basements, a couple fests, and some larger venues in front of hundreds of people thanks to The Front Bottoms! We have a few shows left with TFB, then we have about a week of midwest shows with Frameworks. Incase you haven't heard, Frameworks is awesome as heck! We got to hangout with them last weekend at I Got Brains Fest and can't wait to meet up again!
We end our shows with them in Minneapolis, then it's a long drive to the West Coast! We will be meeting up with Modern Baseball out there to finish up tour. We are so stoked as heck to hit up the West Coast and hang with Modern Baseball for a few weeks. We got to party with them when we were in Philly on this tour. They took us up on their roof roof; that is the roof above the other roof they have.
How's life been since the release of This Couch Is Long And Full Of Friendship?
It's been awesome! So many more people are listening to our music and coming out to our shows! There's people singing along to our songs in places we've never been, and that is as good as it gets. We definitely take the band more serious since it came out. We still love to hang out and stay up late after shows, but if it is a long drive the next day, we give ourselves bedtimes and wake up early enough to make our destination with plenty of leeway. We are childish grown ups.
How was the process behind the album?
Well, we all had jobs when we wrote it, so we just wrote hard on the random days we all had off. We actually finished writing Grayscale and Amateur Night in the studio.
The studio was lots of fun! Greg Lindholm recorded us, and he is great to hang with. He makes it more of a "lets hang out and record some jams" type thing as opposed to a serious recording session. We took our time and got things how we wanted them. We drank beers to take off the edge and watched funny YouTube videos. Greg showed us a video of a guy on Price is Right that knew the exact prices for his games. That was a good one I remember.
We are going back to the studio a few times this fall with Greg again. He knows exactly how we want to sound. For the next album we won't be working other jobs; so we are going to have way more time to write it all.
If you had to write a synopsis of the record, what would it be?
It's all about growing, learning, and accepting. We tried to incorporate situations everyone goes through and lessons everyone learns. Growing up is the best way to put it. Learning to deal with situations, good or bad, and realizing you can look at life anyway you want to.
Did you achieve everything you wanted to with the record?
Above and beyond! We are so proud of the record and stoked on the response it's stirred. The album is still really new to people, but we've started writing new stuff and are equally excited for that too!
How's the tour going with The Front Bottoms?
It's the most fun! They are great guys and always get things rock'n'rolling. They put on such a great show, and the crowd loves it! They even let us go on stage during their song "The Beers" and shotgun beers during their set!
It's the last week of their tour but just the beginning for us, so we've been having a lot of fun every night for both reasons! They bought a bunch of shots for Dylan's birthday last night aftermidnight when his birthday officially began. Fireball got us wasted.
Has there been any particular highlights of the tour?
The slew of kids that yelled along with us in the Philly basement we played was shocking and incredible. It was so hot everywhere that night, and the audience still got buck wild!
We went to a reservoir in Virginia til like 5 in the morning and jumped off a little cliff into it. That was fun as heck! We played some intense drunk truth or dare in Nashville! That was pretty dangerous... Probably more dangerous than the 35 foot cliff we jumped off the next day in Tennessee! The biggest cliff there was about 55 feet, but we chickened out on that one. We tried shotgunning beers when we jumped, but that didn't work out. The Front Bottoms bought us a motel room one night, and that was a blast! We played some new drinking games and got drunk! I woke up in the van somehow... I always do that.
The whole tour has been highlights, though. Excluding our van getting broken in to one night and getting towed one day, we got no complaints.
What are your plans for the rest of the year?
We get home from tour at the end of August and are going to start recording some things pronto! Then we are touring down to Florida for Fest in October! That tour should be pretty long and hit up the whole East side of America and some Canada dates too! Then more writing and recording when we spend the holiday season back in Benson, MN with our families! We plan on touring the shit out of 2014!
What have been your favourite albums of the year so far?
The Reptilian's Low Health" is the best! Tegan and Sara put out a great album. Paramore's new album is tight! Foxing has an album due out in October, I know that's going to rock so hard just from seeing them live a couple times.