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TOPS Share New Single “Perfected Steps” and Announce New EP

April 6, 2022
Press shot by Tess Roby


Announce new EP ‘Empty Seats’
Out May 10th
Hear “Perfected Steps” no

Montreal-based group TOPS return with the announcement of their new EP Empty Seats’, due for release on May 10th via their label Musique TOPS. In tandem with the EP announcement, TOPS share the single “Perfected Steps,” a six-and-a-half-minute double song seamlessly woven together.
Of the new single, TOPS vocalist Jane Penny says: “‘Perfected Steps’ is about some right wing aging loser clinging to their glory days, values out of sync with reality. It feels like for some reason people like this still have an enormous presence in everybody’s lives and it’s super irritating. We thought that maybe if we write a song placing this mentality in the past where it belongs we could bully this vibe peacefully out of existence.”
The song’s structure mimics its lyrical themes with its progression across nearly 7-minutes of music, unabashedly employing TOPS’ more traditional country and rock influences to lambast an outdated worldview. 

TOPS do it again, creating this exuberating ensemble rich with immersive tonations, delicate, enchanting vocal harmonies, this desirable rhthmic motion and this truly alluring vibe they’ve carefully crafted throughout. Another flawless soundscape with the greatest attention to both detail and the emotional values present from start to finish.

In addition to “Perfected Steps,” the 5-track EP ‘Empty Seats’ will also include the previously released tracks “Waiting” and “Party Again,” both of which were originally released in 2021.

TOPS live dates:
Apr 05 – Hamilton, ON @ Bridgeworks 
Apr 06 – London, ON @ Rum Runners 
Apr 07 – St. Catharines, ON @ Warehouse 
Apr 08 – Ottawa, ON @ Bronson Centre 
Apr 21 – Cairo, EG @ Cairo Jazz Club
May 21 – Amsterdam, NL @ London Calling @ Paradiso 
May 23 – Birmingham, UK @ Hare and Hounds 
May 24 – Bristol, UK @ Exchange 
May 26 – Liverpool, UK @ Jimmy’s 
May 27 – Manchester, UK @ YES 
May 28 – Glasgow, UK @ Stereo 
May 29 – Leeds, UK @ The Brudenell Social Club 
May 30 – Nottingham, UK @ Bodega 
Jun 01 – London, UK @ Village Underground 

Jun 03 – Groningen, NL @ Vera 
Jun 04 – Utrecht, NL @ Ekko 
Jun 05 – Brussels, BE @ Botanique 
Jun 06 – Paris, FR @ La Boule Noire
Jun 08 – Lyon, FR @ Sonic 
Jun 10 – Barcelona, ES @ Primavera Sound 
Jun 13 – Bologna, IT @ Covo Summer 
Jun 14 – Zurich, CH @ Komplex 457 
Jun 15 – Munich, DE @ Strom 
Jun 17 – Prague, CZ @ Underdogs Ballroom 
Jun 19 – Berlin, DE @ Berghain Kantine
Jun 21 – Copenhagen, DK @ Pumpehuset Byhaven
Jun 22 – Gothenburg, SE @ Oceanen
Jun 23 – Stockholm, SE @ Hus 7
Jun 24 – Oslo, NO @ John Dee
Jun 26 – Malmö, SE @ Plan B
Jun 28 – Opole, PO @ Klubokawiarnia
Jun 29 – Warsaw, PO @ Poglos

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‘Empty Seats’ EP track list:
1. Perfected Steps
2. Janet Planet
3. Waiting
4. Party Again
5. Future Waits

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