Track Premiere: Miniaturized – ‘Cave In’

Rock band Miniaturized are sharing their new track “Cave In,” and you can check it out right here at New Noise.

Listen to the track here:

Guitarist and vocalist Timothy Joseph shares his opinion:

“’Cave In’ was written in the regretful fog that settles in after you say something you wished you hadn’t to someone you care about. I think everyone has been in that place where everything feels like it’s crumbling apart. It’s never easy to put it back together, but sometimes it’s worth trying.”

Miniaturized are made up of guitarist and vocalist Timothy Joseph (Buckfast Superbee, The Palace Ballroom, Phasers on Stun), drummers Mario Rubalcaba (Earthless, Rocket from the Crypt, Hot Snakes) and Chris Prescott (Pinback, No Knife, Montalban Quintet), and bassists Brian Desjean (No Knife, Get your death on, Mistress 77) and Chris Torres (Ron Blair band, Chris Torres Band).

Initially formed as a Tom Petty tribute band after his passing in 2017, San Diego-based Timothy Joseph found inspiration from dissecting Petty’s songwriting, coming to revelations about his own work as a musician in the process. With a sudden fresh perspective, he began composing all-original material that would shape the future of the band into something all its own. Miniaturized are, at their core, a rock band. Still, the sound is so sweeping and vibrant that it overflows, spilling into the more nuanced realms of pop, tinges of Latin influence, and nods to iconic alternative rock of decades past such as Pixies, Built to Spill, The Feelies, Jesus and Mary Chain, and early R.E.M.

This material was a departure from the angular punk/indie albums Timothy Joseph had historically worked on, and despite having over a decade’s worth of experience as a producer, he wanted to seek outside expertise to fully realize his vision, intentionally straying from “the San Diego sound” he’s become known for. The result was collaborating with the prolific Mitch Easter (R.E.M., Pavement, Wilco, Let’s Active), who even contributed guitar, bass, and keys throughout the album and drums on the track, “Gemstone.”

A beautifully diverse and sprawling sonic landscape of vintage synths, horns, tubular bells, Moog, 12 string guitars, Bass VI, and harmonium, this self-titled LP is playful and explorative while remaining impeccably put-together and clean. Thematically, the record is mostly a commentary on the human condition—broad in scope, but holding onto a general sense of hope throughout the 14 tracks. Within it, one may find advice for people who feel confused, lost, disenfranchised, trapped, or under-appreciated. When all is said and done, Timothy Joseph adds:

“I hope people connect with these songs, and it gives them pause to think about where and how they stand in an ever-evolving society. I mean, we all have to live on this planet together. Maybe it’s time to make a change.”

The song is from the band’s self-titled album out March 31. Presave the album here.

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