Release Date: Feb 28, 2012
Record label: Relativity Entertainment
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock
We all love maple syrup, but imagine a world where supermarkets sell only maple syrup. You’re round your nan’s for tea but the fridge is bare, because she’s gone syrup mad and is guzzling it straight from the bottle. Obviously, this is not ideal. Such difficulties face sweet-toothed Montreal newbies Tops, a gang buoyed on by swoony synth-pop hooks and ties with Arbutus records and Montreal’s Arbutus community.
Montreal DIY pop is currently experiencing a particularly fertile moment, and TOPS seem poised to be the latest breakout. Like Arbutus labelmates Grimes, Blue Hawaii and Sean Nicholas Savage, the band makes strange, beguiling pop music that sounds simultaneously inviting, off-kilter and familiar. Made up of members of Pat Jordache and the Silly Kissers, TOPS mine a strand of late 70s/early 80s soft rock that's both hooky and atmospheric.
The label that brought us Grimes births another bewitching talent. Camilla Pia 2012 Spawned from an arty, punk at heart utopia in Montreal (loft space La Brique – also creative home to the impossibly brilliant Grimes, Doldrums, Blue Hawaii and Sean Nicholas Savage), TOPS are sickeningly hip and pretty with it. But it’s hard to hate them when they make pop as gorgeous as this.