T-TOPS have released a cover of Fleetwood Mac’s ‘What Makes You Think You’re the One’ as the third single from their forthcoming sophomore full-length “Staring at a Static Screen”, which will hit stores on May 28. Pittsburgh’s high-energy punk rockers have of course given their version entitled ‘WMYTYTO‘ a simmering treatment.
T-TOPS comment: “Well, ‘Tusk’ is my favorite Fleetwood Mac album”, elaborates singer and guitarist Patrick Waters. “I’ve always loved the minimal-sounding snare drum intro of ‘WMYTYTO’, and always heard it in my head coming in with loud, heavy guitars and following that pounding drum beat, and the vocals kind of lend themselves to shouting. I like that it doesn’t fit a typical pattern. Just three quick verse-chorus combos and a long outro. Sometimes, I try to see how long I can push Mike to play the ending before he wants to throw his sticks at me. I’d love to open a show with this song and just play that outro riff for like 30 minutes and completely clear the room. I think, we could form a real spiritual bond with anyone who was left after that. We’ve been playing this song or rather cover for such a long time now, with every drummer and iteration of the band through the years. I’m glad we finally got to record it for this album.”
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
Presale Link : http://lnk.spkr.media/t-tops-staring-at-a-static-screen
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.