TOPS – “Echo Of Dawn” & “Seven Minutes”

Two new TOPS bops are out today. The Montreal band have been pretty quiet since 2017’s Sugar At The Gateone of our favorites of that year — but they seem to be revving up for 2020. Or at least that’s what one would assume based on the release of a new 7″ on their newly founded Musique TOPS record label.

The new tracks are called “Echo Of Dawn” and “Seven Minutes.” Both are short and sweet, but they sound pretty different from each other. The former is a moody slow-drift, the latter a punchy bit of guitar-pop. Singer Jane Penny says “Echo Of Dawn” is “a love song to the thing deep inside of me that understands the scale of everything that existed before my time, to the forces of the universe that shape reality in such a powerful way, the awe-inspiring gift that we are here, and my fears about our ability to destroy ourselves.”

As for “Seven Minutes,” Penny says, “I like the way a song can be upbeat and groovy and still deal with dark subject matter. The chords become a source of empowerment against those bad thoughts. It’s important to move past these feelings and keep doing your thing, but the negativity we hold for ourselves can make you feel like a fraud, the song is almost like an imposter syndrome anthem.”

Hear both new songs below.

04/03 – Las Vegas, NV @ Bunkhouse Saloon
04/04 – Tucson, AZ @ 191 Toole
04/05 – Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar
04/06 – El Paso, TX @ Lowbrow Palace
04/07 – Marfa, TX @ Lost Horse Saloon
04/09 – Austin, TX @ Mohawk
04/10 – San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger
04/11 – Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
04/13 – Memphis, TN @ The Hi Tone Cafe
04/14 – Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West
04/15 – Asheville, NC @ The Mothlight
04/16 – Washington D.C. @ Union Stage
04/17 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
04/18 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
04/20 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
04/21 – Montreal, QC @ Theatre Rialto
04/22 – Toronto, ON @ Adelaide Hall
04/23 – Detroit, MI @ Deluxx Fluxx
04/24 – Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
04/25 – Minneapolis, MN @ Turf Club
04/28 – Vancouver, BC @ Imperial Theatre
04/29 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
04/30 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
05/01 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
05/02 – Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre
05/04 – San Diego, CA @ Music Box

“Echo Of Dawn” b/w “Seven Minutes” is out now on Musique TOPS. Stream or purchase it here.

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