Watch the new video by indie pop duo Microplaza for single Through The Fabric, the first sign of life of their new 7″ EP We’ll Never Fit In This Poem Together, out April 11 (limited edition of 30) on Tiny Room Records.
We’ll Never Fit In This Poem Together is the follow-up to Microplaza’s self-titled debut, which was praised for its combination of accessibility and alienation. The duo returns with six flawless indie pop miniatures: more consistent, darker and more intense than the debut, but just as inventive and surprising.
On February 26, we host an awesome night full of indie rock, punk and experimental electronics in OCCII (Amsterdam). We do this with likeminded platform Katzwijm, the famous (well, in our circles, but they should be known worldwide) studio, record label, beer brewery and show organizing collective from Voorhout. Super siked and heel gezellig!
On the bill are The Johns and True Dreams, both from Brooklyn, NYC. The former will surprise us with a mix of garage folk with Caribbean influences. New album Forge is out now and it’s great. True Dreams is a feminist garage punk duo, a catchy as hell slap in the face.
From our own roster we provide post-punkers Combo Qazam, who are gearing up to the release of their debut album in May, and electronic folk hero LOGOUT, who started to sing in his native Greek language recently. We hope to see you all in Amsterdam!
Yes, we know our big 5 Year Anniversary Party was a few months ago. But hey, we’re a super small indie label and we just didn’t find the time to edit an aftermovie. UNTIL NOW! Footage from all artists, to capture a bit of the magic from that last weekend of November 2019 and put a smile on our faces again.
Last weekend, Combo Qazam played the first show of the year, on the annual Schaalwerk (a set construction company) party. The show was almost blown off prematurely because the security dog bit drummer Arno in his leg and he had to get a tetanus test. Luckily, everything turned out fine in the end.
A few years ago, we decided to focus more on live events and bookings. We started Tiny Room Booking to make sure our artists get to play throughout the Netherlands. Since then, we also hosted more shows in our hometown Utrecht, mainly in Studio Patrick and Brewpub De Kromme Haring. Sometimes with partners like Vette Analoge Shit or Minor Rogue Bookings.
We ended up booking 75 concerts in 2019. Pretty awesome. What’s even more awesome, is that all these shows were beautiful, mind-blowing, rad, special and/or great. A league of its own.
So thank you for the music: The Star Pillow, Oliver Oat, LOGOUT, Holden Goldmund, Howart, The World of Dust, Broads, Osmosis / I am Oak, Alienbaby Collective, Voorzieningen, Avery Plains, My Friend Television, Santa Fé, Toby Goodshank, BOO HOO, Microplaza, Lian Ray, This Leo Sunrise, Sherman Oaks, Rogue Minor, R. De Selby, Wooden Soldiers, Kittiwake, Enablers, Trey, Astral Swans, Ghost Bag & Tine Fetz, Combo Qazam, Landowner, Mevrouw Tamara, Pollyanna, The Secret Love Parade, Victory Hall, Queen of the Meadow, Garciaphone, Taïfun and Naked Shortsellers.
Also big thanks to all the venues, promoters, labels and bookers that we worked with to make this possible. See a list of all shows in 2019 here: https://www.tinyroom.nl/booking/
Queen of the Meadow will be back in The Netherlands this week! After a very successful performance on our 5 year anniversary party, the queen will play a solo set opening for Emily Jane White on her Dutch shows. Very exciting news indeed!
At the end of this month, we celebrate that Tiny Room Records exists for five years! Come to De Kromme Haring on November 30. 36 releases and 221 shows later, we are still going strong. So much good stuff to look back to, and so many awesome new things coming up in the future.
But on November 30, we enjoy the present moment of our lovely scene with live concerts by Queen of the Meadow (FR), Garciaphone (FR), Taïfun (BE), Naked Shortsellers (NL) and Combo Qazam (NL). The GNI Collective will rock the turntables and we will release a very special ART ZINE, full of visual work from all of the associated musicians.
It’s overwhelming to see how the label found a solid and respected place in the underground scene. Proud of the hard work that made this possible. Not only by me (Stefan), but definitely by all the musicians making these cool records, by Anneke Nieuwdorp for visual input on the label identity (among other never-ending support), Thijs Kuijken for his endless patience and knowledge in the DTP-field, Gino Miniutti for help with the bookings, Tammo Kersbergen for his beautiful mastering skills, Luca Dattisi for his superbe internship earlier this year, and everybody from the scene who helps out during the life-changing events in Studio Patrick and De Kromme Haring. Hope to see you all on November 30 in Utrecht!
The press has been super positive about Atmosfere:
Louder Than War: “It’s one of life’s luxuries to inform others about a record that alters your outlook on life; even if the altered state is fleeting. This latest release by Tiny Room […] is one such. Reader, it’s glorious.” Here Comes The Flood: “All tracks are invitations to dream and wonder” De Subjectivisten: “A special and beautiful album, for which comparisons cannot easily be made” Felt That: “Relish the softness and gentless of this humble soundtrack for every day use” The Vinyl District: “Atmosfere is just over too damned quickly”
Combo Qazam’s first single Ions is about the molecular. At the same time, the music flows through the body and keeps us warm. It rumbles mechanically but has humanity in every attack. Combo Qazam is inspired by everything postpunk/kraut/math/noise, life in general, communication, solitude & group communities. The song is about detachment with hope lurking around the corner: it is precisely the digital, massive and global society that offer opportunities to break existing structures and celebrate life together.
Read an awesome interview with the band on 3voor12/Utrecht here about their influences, reasons for this band, and premiere of this first single.
Want to see the band live? Check them out here: October 26 @ dB’s, Utrecht, w/ Trumans Water November 10 @ Le Mini Who?, Oproer Brouwerij, w/ Oliver Oat