Published Oct 23, 2019Just over two years removed from sharing their Sugar at the Gate album, TOPS have shared a pair of new songs that the band are collecting on a 7-inch.
Both "Echo of Dawn" and "Seven Minutes" arrive today digitally to celebrate the launch of the Montreal outfit's own record label, Musique TOPS. Both were recorded during sessions for Sugar at the Gate, and you can hear the newly shared tracks below.
"Echo of Dawn" was written while bandmates Jane Penny and David Carriere were living in California, while "Seven Minutes" was inspired by the effects of self-doubt and insecurity.
"I like the way a song can be upbeat and groovy and still deal with dark subject matter," Penny said of the latter. "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."
TOPS have also revealed plans for a North American headlining tour, set to kick off next April. A trio of Canadian stops will first bring them to Montreal's Rialto Theatre on April 21, before a date at Toronto's Adelaide Hall the following evening on April 22. From there, they'll play Vancouver's Imperial Theatre on April 28.
Tickets for all shows go on sale Friday (October 25) through the band's official website. See the full schedule below.
The Echo of Dawn / Seven Minutes 7-inch is now available for pre-order.
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