“We have been craving a unique context,” stated TOPS frontwoman Jane Penny lately. She was speaking about her band, a Montreal fixture, and their momentary relocation to Los Angeles to file their third album, Sugar on the Gate, out June 2.
“We bought a home in Glendale,” she went on. “We recorded the entire file ourselves both within the storage or in a studio room that we made in the home.”
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That DIY strategy is nothing new for TOPS, who broke by as a part of the indie scene at Montreal’s Lab Synthèse, the defunct music warehouse area and inventive hub that was frequented by Grimes, Braids, and Mac DeMarco.
“It’s pure for folks to wish to create context round music,” stated Penny, 29. She grew up in Edmonton, Alberta, the place she met her now bandmate and guitarist David Carriere in junior excessive.
At its core, TOPS is an intimate collaboration between the 2.
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“We like to write down songs collectively, and we’ve additionally contributed some songs that we wrote ourselves on this file,” she stated. “What we care to do is belief the emotional intention behind the track. It’s actually useful to have one other lyricist with you. We assist one another translate issues.”
Their latest single, “Additional,” premiering right here completely on W, an extremely catchy, dream-pop tune “about combating feelings,” was first written by Carriere.
“After which after we have been doing the vocals, I felt prefer it wasn’t fairly there, and I ended up rewriting many of the lyrics,” stated Penny. “We’re each fairly open to taking issues aside, and I believe it’s good when each folks get the chance to interpret it.”
Till lately, the bandmates had dated for years—one thing that they had shunned sharing up to now.
“We broke up across the time that we completed the file, however we’re nonetheless enjoying collectively and have identified one another for like 17 years or one thing,” she stated. “I really feel like there’s undoubtedly facets of the file the place you may actually perceive possibly what’s been happening which is bizarre, as a result of I’m not often trustworthy about that stuff.”
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TOPS didn’t totally come collectively till the addition of American drummer Riley Fleck, whom they met inside a rehearsal loft area in Montreal throughout their earlier days.
“David has been writing songs since he was a tiny, tiny boy,” Penny stated, chatting with what they every carry to the band. “He simply has this loopy capability to make songs that contact folks, and he’s a very good guitar participant. He’s superb at driving issues by with manufacturing. After which Riley is an especially tasteful drummer, which I believe is a fairly uncommon factor.”
Following the discharge of their 2012 debut album, Tender Opposites, TOPS has gone by some roster adjustments, lately including bassist Jackson MacIntosh (who changed Madeline Glowicki, who had taken over on bass after Thomas Gillies’ departure) and Marta Cikojevic, who joins on keyboard for reside reveals as they put together to tour Europe and the U.Okay. this June. “I’m excited to have one other woman on tour,” Penny stated. “It’s actually necessary that ladies make music.”
In terms of the brand new album, many songs share a typical theme, she stated. “It’s about while you work actually onerous to get to a sure place, and you then discover out that you just’re there and also you go searching and also you see that it’s nonetheless going to be onerous.”
“The songs are actually trustworthy,” she went on. “Lyrically, I really feel I discovered a method to categorical the complexity of my experiences. It’s much more multidimensional. You get much more of a way of who I’m and in addition what the band is about.”
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