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Infectious Noise: T-Tops’s New “Disease” EP Rocks

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Noise rock is finding beauty in destruction, where elusive bliss is melody wrapped inside a comforting cowl of distortion and sardonic wit. Pittsburgh’s T-Tops thoroughly understand the genre’s aesthetics and have made quick work of establishing themselves as worthy players in this loud, raucous game. Following last year’s Face Of Depression 7″ single, the trio return with the Disease EP, another batch of fast, catchy gutter anthems that pair perfectly with a few pints of Mad Dog 20/20 and a healthy disregard for self-care. Listen to an exclusive premiere of the EP below.

Singer/guitarist Patrick Waters employs a satisfying howl over the Zeke-style riffs in the title track, recalling scene godfathers like David Yow and Chris Spencer. “Incest” stomps around the room like a giant petulant toddler, teetering on the edge of collapse; wailing string bends and drummer Austin Bowen’s mastodon tom rolls (the giant creature, not Brann Dailor) give the song an unnerving Lightning Bolt-like vibe. “Mouth For Hate” rounds things out with a pulsating rhythm and intensity, with Waters’ delivery growing more unhinged before a big pile of wah-wah distortion and feedback ends the whole thing. The Disease EP clocks in at under eight minutes, but it’s exhausting -– in the best way. At this point, noise rock might be the only remotely “dangerous” rock-‘n’-roll out there; T-Tops is keeping their tongues and switchblades sharp.

The Disease EP releases this Friday. Follow T-Tops on Bandcamp.

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