TOPS EP ‘Empty Seats’ out now

Ahead of a UK and European tour which kicks off next week (dates below), today Montreal-based group TOPS celebrate the release of their new EP ‘Empty Seats’ with a new video for the track Janet Planet.

Empty Seats’ is available now via their label Musique TOPS. Along with the release, the track Janet Planet has been brought to life with a video by Anthony Martino Maurice.

Of the track, TOPS vocalist Jane Penny says: “‘Janet Planet’ is about feeling trapped inside of your own head, trapped by your thoughts, trapped by everything, looking for an escape, and all of the misguided ways I’ve tried to dispel these feelings.”

Speaking on the video, she adds “I wanted to make an intimate performance video which captures the sense of frustration and the bliss of escapism. I decided to channel the videos that inspired me as a kid, where a woman forcefully inhabits the screen and gives all of herself to the moment as she performs her song (think bjork, lisa loeb, sheryl crow etc.). We chose the color blue as the guiding visual theme because of its mystery, depth and otherworldly quality, and used this color to take me in and out of two different modes: exasperation and fantasy. I’m proud of the way that the video succeeds in having a strong artistic direction while also capturing the energy of our live shows in a very direct way.”

Hear ‘Empty Seats EP’ in full:

TOPS live dates:
May 21 – Amsterdam, NL @ London Calling @ Paradiso 
May 23 – Birmingham, UK @ Hare and Hounds 
May 24 – Bristol, UK @ Exchange 
May 26 – Liverpool, UK @ Jimmy’s 
May 27 – Manchester, UK @ YES 
May 28 – Glasgow, UK @ Stereo 
May 29 – Leeds, UK @ The Brudenell Social Club 
May 30 – Nottingham, UK @ Bodega 
Jun 01 – London, UK @ Village Underground 

Jun 03 – Groningen, NL @ Vera 
Jun 04 – Utrecht, NL @ Ekko 
Jun 05 – Brussels, BE @ Botanique 
Jun 06 – Paris, FR @ La Boule Noire
Jun 08 – Lyon, FR @ Sonic 
Jun 10 – Barcelona, ES @ Primavera Sound 
Jun 13 – Bologna, IT @ Covo Summer 
Jun 14 – Zurich, CH @ Komplex 457 
Jun 15 – Munich, DE @ Strom 
Jun 17 – Prague, CZ @ Underdogs Ballroom 
Jun 19 – Berlin, DE @ Berghain Kantine
Jun 21 – Copenhagen, DK @ Pumpehuset Byhaven
Jun 22 – Gothenburg, SE @ Oceanen
Jun 23 – Stockholm, SE @ Hus 7
Jun 24 – Oslo, NO @ John Dee
Jun 26 – Malmö, SE @ Plan B
Jun 28 – Opole, PO @ Klubokawiarnia
Jun 29 – Warsaw, PO @ Poglos

Tickets @

‘Empty Seats’ EP track list:
1. Perfected Steps
2. Janet Planet
3. Waiting
4. Party Again
5. Future Waits

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