“They spell their name in all caps,” Yang told us. “I don’t know if that means you’re supposed to shout it. I’m not going to.”
The four-piece band – formerly called Topanga after the Boy Meets World character – is known for its energetic live shows, and recently released its self-titled album. Yang describes it as pop punk, but without the suburban mall baggage that style tends to bring.
“There’s no Blink 182-ness, no sophomoric shenanigans,” Yang says. “It’s melodic, loud, fast, aggressive.”
He says it recalls fellow Torontonians F’ed Up, where the music is extremely hard-hitting, but with enough melody “that it could cross over from the subgenre in which it might be otherwise crammed.”
“It’s just good rock music in a style that people may be biased against, but shouldn’t be,” Yang says. Download “Reservoir” below.