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But on the Face of Depression EP (four songs on the 7”, six on the download), T-Tops makes a definitive statement, coughing up the sort of ceaselessly nasty noise rock not heard since Kittens stopped plaguing the Winnipeg landscape. That descending/ascending riff on the title track adequately captures the horror of spinning out in the snow trying to get your car out of park on a steep incline in Polish Hill, while the rest celebrates both gear-stripping transmission drops AND throwing large, potentially dangerous objects off the rooftop of a commercial building. Which is all you want, really. Or all I want. (Doug Mosurock)
You'd figure with the band's name and the cover of this 7inch featuring a Trans Am with a T-Top roof, that you might be getting some tank top wearing, porn star mustache sporting, pin doobie rolling, burning rubber down mainstreet and cranking up the Foghat 8-track loud band here.
That's not the case though.
If these Pittsburgh agitators are cruising in anything on city streets, it's an assault vehicle. Something lumbering and impenetrable. Something doesn't stop at traffic lights and something the cops can't shoot the tires out on. It rolls over top of anything that might get in it's way and, as the title track can attest, basks in the sound of crushing metal and broken glass.
Heavy on an AmRep tip, anything that ever once resembled a brown weed boogie on "Dead Magician" has been boiled in lead and then anodized. If you scratch at the surface of the record's closer, "Pig Of Hell", til it is raw, you may find something bordering on straight up, old school metal but by then the infection will have already started to set in, making everything all black and oozing with pus. (Dale Merrill)
DEAD AIR AT THE PULPIT:
T-Tops is a three piece band from Pittsburgh, PA who formed in 2012. T-Tops play a blown-out, dirty as fuck, and sludgy style of music that incorporates elements of punk, grunge, and sludgy noise rock within their sound. T-Tops features members of Don Caballero & The Fitt, so going on the Don Caballero connection alone, you know you're in for something really special. Musically, T-Tops can be said to be influenced by bands such as Shellac, Hammerhead, Bleach era Nirvana, The New Brutalism, Big Business, and early 90's AmRep noise rock bands. Since forming in 2012, T-Tops have released a self-titled LP in April of 2015 and a split 10" with Cyrus Gold in April of 2016. Face Of Depression is the band's latest four song 7", which was released on November 4th, 2016. On their latest 7", T-Tops offer up four tracks of blown-out, raw, and loud as fuck punk, grunge, and noise rock. Overall, Face Of Depression is a phenomenal 7" and should not be missed. Highly recommended! Enjoy! (Chris Morris)
PGH CITY PAPER:
If you need a soundtrack for the moment your feeble New Years optimism expires, grab this 7-inch. The sludgy punk trio is good at extracting bleakness from the mundane: “My most productive day was spent lying around the house / inventing new and disgusting ways of stuffing my mouth,” frontman Patrick Waters snarls in “Dead Magician.” It’s dark, sure, but it’s delivered in a noisy, heavy rock ’n’ roll package, which goes down real easy. — MW