TOPS – Tickets – Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, OR – November 13th, 2015

TOPS

Part of the Siren Nation Festival

TOPS

Puro Instinct, Is/Is

November, 13th, 2015

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$12.00

This event is 21 and over

TOPS
TOPS
TOPS form precious balances. They create emotionally powerful sonic experiences with a contemporary understanding of the classic song structures that have guided pop music since the beginning. A close listen will reveal their assurance as musicians, but their experience derives from playing in warehouse lofts rather than going to school. There is a place for each note in their songs. Complexity disappears behind a veil of familiarity.
The four members of TOPS wander through pop music's capacious past and, though comparisons can be made to yesterday, no clear lineage to a single influence can be drawn. Their broad musical vocabulary places them somewhere alongside contemporary bands who, taking the best aspects of pop music and the organic approach that comes from playing together, makes something that sounds fresh; distilling influences into something that is innovative in the present moment.
Their sound is equally shaped by a deep rooted communication between each member. Jane Penny's lyrics and vocal melodies lead guitar parts, guitar parts are swept up by bass lines, and rhythmic phrases are mimicked by the drums. Because their sound comes from collaboration rather than effects or recording techniques, the production is bare and confidently minimal.
TOPS are central to the Arbutus Records community. Tender Opposites is the band's first full length release, written and recorded by the group themselves(Jane Penny, David Carriere, Riley Fleck, and Thom Gillies) at Montreal's La Brique, the loft venue that serves as the creative hub for the label, a block from where all of current Arbutus roster met.
Puro Instinct
Puro Instinct
Los Angeles teens Puro Instinct (formerly called Pearl Harbor). Piper, Sky, and Cody create dreamy, ethereal melodies not dissimilar to heavies of the past few decades (Cocteau Twins, Lush), but with the doomed worldview of today’s California, fallin’ into the sea, creeping ever so slightly in the background.Pulling together strands of light, synthetic pop with the unmistakable damage of proximity to Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti.
Is/Is
Is/Is
At times Is/Is can sound like a lost gem from the Creation hey-day, infusing their music with a sense of mystery and brooding atmosphere. Psychedelic and shoegaze influences emerge throughout the catalogue: the atmospheric tones of early Verve, a droning pulse reminiscent of Loop. Some songs bounce gleefully forward with a pop sensibility, while some keep a cool distance and move with a language distinctly their own. This is Is/Is’ strength: not simply a sum of their influences, but to put that ineffable “witchgaze” quality on their music.