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T-TOPS release first single and details of forthcoming album

T-TOPS release first single 'Burn the River' and details of new album "Staring at a Static Screen"

T-TOPS "Burn the River"

taken from "Staring at a Static Screen"

Pittsburgh's high-energy punk rockers T-TOPS have released the butt-kicking first single "Burn the River" taken from their forthcoming sophomore full-length "Staring at a Static Screen", which will hit stores hard on May 28.

The track 'Burn the River' is now available via this link:

T-TOPS comment: "Musically, 'Burn the River' exemplifies the thrust of what we're going for", points out frontman Patrick Waters. "There is no big, boring lead-in. This is just a quick banger to kick off the record. Our plan has always been guitars, bass, drums, riffs, and bash it out. Lyrically, this is mainly dealing with the hell of stomaching the dull, burning frustration of being satisfied with a medium... but also love, regret, revenge, and the figurative suffocation someone feels before giving in to the truth."

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T-TOPSband pictures, album cover, and other graphic materials are available at this link: (click here for Dropbox)


2. Static Screen

3. Palomino

4. Headache

5.Full Blown

6. All Black Crown

7. My Side of the Line

8. Feathers

9. Drugstore

10. Savvy Man

11. Face of Depression


Sophomore T-TOPS full-length "Staring at a Static Screen" is as gritty and soaked with urban detritus as it gets. The trio's new album is a dirty symphony of car wrecks, grimy alleys, beat-to-shit jeans, and bottomless reservoirs of snarling rust-belt antipathy translated into musical form. These tracks give voice to every screaming impulse hidden deep inside, and with each spin the blood boils hotter.

Hailing from America’s former steel town Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, T-TOPS are the embodiment of noisy, uncompromising punk-infused rock. True to street style, the band's name is derived from the removable panel car roof popularised in America in the 1970s, the period when disaffected punk was beginning to coalesce in the musical underground.

T-TOPS' sound draws heavily from such straight-shooting acts as UNSANE and MOTÖRHEAD as well as East Coast hardcore. Founded by guitarist and singer Patrick Waters, these veterans come with a decade-plus of hard-hitting shows delivered with grim determination. Their crunching riffs are twice underscored by the pounding rhythm section of Mike Koch on drums and bass-player Matt Schor.

"Staring at a Static Screen" is a bashing, beautiful, unyielding concrete slab that, like its creators, simply does not give in. Adherents of CANCER BATS, ZEKE and THE MELVINS may latch onto different chunks of the album, which ranges from the face-ripping energy of 'Burn the River' to the stunningly contemplative Fleetwood Mac cover 'What Makes You Think You're the One'. T-TOPS are back and their mission statement is simply to kick ass as hard as humanly possible.

Release date: May 28


Patrick Waters – guitars, vocals

Matt Schor – bass, vocals

Mike Koch – drums

Recorded & mixed by Matt Schor at The War Room.

Mastered by Dan Randall at Mammoth Sound Mastering

Artwork & layout by Patrick Waters and Eli Kasan

Graphic materials are avilable at this link: (click here for Dropbox)

Available formats

"Staring at a Static Screen" is available as digisleeve CD and vinyl LP in red/black marble.


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