TOPS are two guys and two girls from Montreal, who make nostalgic disco-pop with a punk edge.
The band recently shared the video for "Way To Be Loved" of which the band said, "The video was inspired by the party scene in Midnight Cowboy and the movie Nowhere by Gregg Araki. We dolled up our place, provided refreshments and tunes. Our friends came with bells on and did their thing, it felt like a low-budget swingers wedding. Message: Be who you are and love one another."
TOPS released sophomore album Picture You Staring on September 2, 2014, on Arbutus Records, which is available to purchase here.
Picture You Staring is an intimate, self-written, self-recorded, and self-produced journey through influences undoubtedly including 60s soul, 70s pop ballads and 80s electro-pop, all whist keeping a contemporary indie edge, with guitarist David Carriere's seamless playing, and the luscious, emotional vocals of singer Jane Penny.
David and Jane met in middle school, but didn't stay in touch until they reunited in Montreal where they've been collaborating since 2009. Unintentionally initiating a pop music scene in Montreal, their strange homemade recordings have gained an international following. In 2011 they were joined Riley Fleck and started jamming at the loft space La Brique where they wrote and recorded their first record, Tender Opposites. TOPS continue to engineer and produce their own records and make their own videos in collaboration with fellow artists and filmmakers. In opposition to commercially driven pop music, TOPS pursuit lies in creating moving songs that succeed earnestly, disregarding trends and myth-making.
Jane, David and Riley have equal footing with their respective instruments and their sparring exceeds the imagination of any individual. For their new record TOPS have enlisted Madeline Glowicki to play bass. Like Jane and David, Madeline grew up in Edmonton, Alberta and went to the same elementary as Jane. A natural musician, and contributor to the Editorial magazine, the band are happy to have another prairie girl on board. LA-based painter Jessica Dean Harrison created the artwork especially for the release. It is a conceptual interpretation of the record's title, continued in a large poster depicting a group scene, included with the purchase of a vinyl record.
After recently performing with Blood Orange, the Montreal-based four-piece are also proud to announce new tour dates with Wampire.
10/02/14 @ Lost Lake - Denver, CO Tickets
10/03/14 @ Replay Lounge - Lawrence, KS Tickets
10/04/14 @ Entry - Minneapolis, MN Tickets
10/06/14 @ Frequency - Madison, WI Tickets
10/07/14 @ Demo - St. Louis, MO Tickets
10/08/14 @ The End - Nashville, TN Tickets
10/09/14 @ Do317 - Indianapolis, IL Tickets
10/10/14 @ Subterranean - Chicago, IL Tickets
10/11/14 @ Jumbo's - Detroit, MI Tickets
10/12/14 @ Happy Dog - Cleveland, OH
10/14/14 @ Silver Dollar - Toronto, ON Tickets
10/15/14 @ Divan Orange - Montreal, QC Tickets
10/16/14 @ Church - Boston, MA Tickets
10/18/14 @ Milkboy - Philadelphia, PA Tickets
10/27/14 @ DC9 - Washington, DC Tickets
10/28/14 @ Cat's Cradle (back room) - Carrboro, NC Tickets
10/29/14 @ 529 - Atlanta, GA Tickets
10/30/14 @ Syndicate Lounge - Birmingham, AL Tickets
10/31/14 @ Circle Bar - New Orleans, LA
11/01/14 @ Fitzgerald's Downstairs - Houston, TX Tickets
11/03/14 @ Tavern - Dallas, TX Tickets
11/04/14 @ Mohawk (inside) - Austin, TX Tickets
11/05/14 @ Lowbrow Palace - El Paso, TX Tickets