Casbah Presents
Sorry Girls
Alternative Alternative
Mon May 4 8:00 pm PDT (Doors: 7:00 pm )
Ages 18 and Up

TOPS were formed in 2011 when song-writing duo David Carriere and Jane Penny decided to join forces with drummer Riley Fleck. Since then they have become one of the most influential underground bands of the past decade, creating a space for sophisticated pop music in the indie world.

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Genre: pop rock

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TOPS were formed in Montreal in 2011 when song-writing duo David Carriere and Jane Pennydecided to join forces with drummer Riley Fleck. Since then they have become one of the mostinfluential underground bands of the past decade, creating a space forsophisticated pop musicin the indie world.Within the vibrant community surroundingArbutus Recordsat the time of their formation, TOPSforged a unique sound. The only traditional ‘band’ on the label’s roster, they’ve built a significantfollowing of fans, a dedicated audience at their live shows and a musical connection thatcontinues to deepen as the years go by. With their newly minted label-Musique TOPS-theband is poised to release their best work to date.Their tendency to opt towards making straight-forward, stripped down and honest recordingslets their pop songwriting shine out in the open. With a heart firmly attached to their sleeves,their songcraft delves into the emotional intricacy of personal relationships, asking questionsabout power and desire. Riley Fleck’s measured drumming and David Carriere’s trademarkguitar licks mesh with Marta Cikojevic’s lush keyboards. All these elements work in tandem andin service of Jane Penny’s unmistakable, wistful voice.The result of this mixture is a collection of three self-produced records and a handful of singlesthat cover a range of moods and a complex emotional realm while maintaining a groove andmusicality. Soft rock infused pop hits flow easily, surrounded by their signature moody ballads.TOPS are celebrating the launch of their own record label, Musique TOPS, by sharing twounreleased songs, taken from the recording sessions of the band’s most recent LP,Sugar at theGate. The haunted 70’s folk elegance of “Echo of Dawn” is pairedwith the energetic “VIIMinutes”, a classic example of the band’s uptempo, breezy sound.
Sorry Girls
Picture your fiercest-self taking your more introverted-self on a loving pep-talk-fueled shopping spree. Imagine the feeling of driving down the highway listening to Springsteen with a car full of friends; pair that with the comfort of lying in bed next to a bag of M&M peanuts watching Twin Peaks. Welcome to Sorry Girls.

Easier – their new 7” / double single – presents a culmination in Sorry Girls’ sound. Equally steeped in lament and celebration, its two songs are driven by uplifting vocals and synth-heavy arrangements. Cruisin’ power pop that cries equally with joy and sorrow. All the pleasure and regret felt by a hypochondriac who can’t resist a good cigarette.

Sorry Girls is a Montreal based duo consisting of Heather Foster Kirkpatrick and Dylan Konrad Obront. The two met in 2008 while studying at university, making joke songs on GarageBand together over pots of Kraft Dinner on the floor of their friend’s apartment. Though they didn’t collaborate on anything serious for many years, there was an immediate pull to create music together. It wasn’t until one serendipitous afternoon almost eight years later that they pooled their combined interest in powerful pop ballads to write ‘This Game’ sparking the inspiration for their debut EP Awesome Secrets, self-released in November 2016. The EP received more critical attention than they had anticipated, and with this momentum they began to play local shows, embark on a tour across Canada, and work on new music with new-found inspiration. Easier marks the band’s first release with Arbutus Records.

Members: Dylan Konrad Obront, Heather Foster Kirkpatrick, Daniel Gray & Alexander Cook