Quick Hitters:: Topanga

For some reason - not just to scan back episodes to find members of Rilo Kiley patrolling the halls - I watched a ton of Boy Meets World when I was younger. I knew the ups and downs of young Corey Matthews, his principal, best friend and long time girlfriend as well as I knew my own friends. Hmm. That sounded less lame before I typed it out.

 

So, when @roundletters suggested I check out Toronto’s Topanga, how could I say no? Naturally, I assume a band that plays Gob covers - side note, remember how bad ass You’re Too Cool was? - took their name from Danielle Fishel’s character on the show and really, that’s the only introduction I need.

 

Their debut, self-titled EP is four songs full of gang vocals and energetic, huge riffs. I don’t really hear much of the folk side of the folk/punk description as the ramshackle, rough hooks are driven by sweat and beers, not tears in beers, but that doesn’t take away from end result. “Lionheart” and “Back Against the Wall” surge forward with a reckless urgency that is all but forgotten in today’s scene and “Fogo Island” melds horns and metal guitars into a frantic, swirling outro, hinting at bolder arrangements in the near future for this young band. Even when Topanga slows it down, like they do on the country-fried, slow burner “Whiskey & Water”, the song feels more like the smooth, warm burn you get from a shot of brown than an airy, anthem for the people.

 

And really, let’s be thankful for that. We have enough sad-sack, finger pickers putting cliched hearts on thrift store, cowboy shirt sleeves. Topanga seem quite happy to plug in, get loud, drink beers and have fun. With summer starting, who can’t get behind that?

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MP3:: Topanga - Fogo Island

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MP3:: Topanga - Lionheart
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One Response to “Quick Hitters:: Topanga”

Chiara June 22nd, 2011 at 4:56 pm

they also did a seriously great weezer cover at their last show! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0w1J7sRhx8

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