Doe // Grow into It

Today marks the full release of Doe's, Grow into It. This London trio's second album explores themes of aging and growth through the lens of crunchy, punk-infused indie rock. Speaking on those central aspects of the record, singer and guitarist Nicola Leel explains that “lyrically, I wanted to write an album about getting older that was an antithesis of the overdone trope of male bands singing about rejecting adulthood and wanting to stay young and get wasted with their friends forever. Instead, Grow into It is about finding light and freedom in age and finding autonomy in death."

"Vivid body imagery is a recurring lyrical theme, not only to evoke ideas of physical change / deterioration, but as a metaphor for the development and deterioration of personal relationships as you grow and gain perspective.

The subject matter across the songs ranges from deciding you’re not going to accommodate others at your own personal expense anymore (Labour like I Do, Team Spirit), to realising your favourite author is a bit shit at writing women (Even Fiction)."

The catchy and raucous riff-pop of Doe is a perfect fit for fans of groups like The Breeders, Rozwell Kid, Weezer, Speedy Ortiz, Tancred, The Sidekicks, Charly Bliss, Swearin', Great Grandpa, and Hatchie.

Check out the record today on your favorite platform, just over here. Fans of physical media can order the record on vinyl, CD, or cassette over here.

The band will be on tour for most of October, closing out the month with a handful of shows in support of Speedy Ortiz. Scope the dates below and mark your calendars accordingly.

Tour dates:

  • October 1, 2018 - London, UK @ Flashback East
  • October 2, 2018 - Lille, FR @ Bobble Cafe
  • October 3, 2018 - Germany @ TBC
  • October 4, 2018 - Schaffhausen, CH @ Cardinal
  • October 5, 2018 - Prague, CZ @ 007 Klub
  • October 6, 2018 - Erlangen, DE @ ZeWi
  • October 7, 2018 - Hanover, DE @ Bei Chez Heinz
  • October 8, 2018 - Diest, BE @ JH Tijl
  • October 17, 2018 - London, UK @ The Garage*
  • October 18, 2018 - Nottingham, UK @ Rough Trade Nottingham*
  • October 19, 2018 - Leeds, UK @ Belgrave Music Hall*
  • October 20, 2018 - Birmingham, UK @ Hare & Hounds*
  • October 22, 2018 - Glasgow, UK @ Stereo*
  • October 23, 2018 - Manchester, UK @ Now Wave Venue*
  • October 24, 2018 - Brighton, UK @ Patterns*
  • October 25, 2018 - Bristol, UK @ The Louisiana*

* with Speedy Ortiz

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Ratboys // GL (8-Bit Version)

Today we're excited to share a surprise Ratboys release with the world! This EP is an 8-bit reimagination of the band's 2018 release, GL. Nostalgic and upbeat, this new arrangement of the band's most recent material is a unique addition to the ever deepening Ratboys repertoire. Impressively, guitarist Dave Sagan made the whole EP on his PSP!

The band is just about to embark on a five day stint in Japan before an early winter tour with Soccer Mommy. Make sure to mark your calendar if they're passing through your town.

Check out the EP today — find it on your favorite platform here.

Japan tour dates:

  • October 11, 2018 - Tokyo, Japan @ Warp
  • October 12, 2018 - Tokyo, Japan @ Nine Spices
  • October 13, 2018 - Osaka, Japan @ Shinsaibashi Live House Pangea
  • October 14, 2018 - Nagoya, Japan @ Sakae Rad Seven
  • October 15, 2018 - Tokyo, Japan @ SHINDAITA FEAVER

Winter dates with Soccer Mommy:

  • November 28, 2018 - Nashville, TN @ The East Room
  • November 29, 2018 - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
  • November 30, 2018 - Durham, NC @ The Pinhook
  • December 01, 2018 - Washington, DC @ Black Cat
  • December 02, 2018 - Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery
  • December 05, 2018 - Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
  • December 06, 2018 - Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
  • December 07, 2018 - Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
  • December 08, 2018 - Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church

Art by Dave Sagan

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Special Explosion // New "Gig Gab" Out Now!

A new episode of "Gig Gab" with very special guest Special Explosion is up on the Topshelf 'Tube today! Press play, sit back, and catch up with the Seattle four-piece as we talk recording the new album, touring, Isaac Brock, and the bands they're listening to these days.

Like what you hear? Listen to their latest release To Infinity.

Want even more? Check out Pitchfork's review of the new full-length.

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LITE // New Track, "Zone," and UK Tour

Today we're thrilled to share the latest from the prolific group LITE, with a premiere over at The Line of Best Fit. The track, "Zone," is the B side off the upcoming 7", entitled Blizzard, to be released digitally just ahead of an 8 day jaunt in the UK. You can pre-order the record today, just over here.

Blizzard showcases the band's renowned style of cinematic, melodically rampant math rock. Side A explores a host of stylistic influences, with skittering call-and-response guitars building over an electronic drum loop into a shimmering climax that consumes the listener like a blizzard. B side, "Zone," returns to the signature urgency of LITE, crashing straight into a breakneck, noodling ostinato that perfectly captures the group's cinematic style of composition. Check out the tour dates below.

  • September 13, 2018 - Ebisu, Japan @ Ebisu Liquid Room
  • September 27, 2018 - Shibuya, Japan @ Unknown venue
  • October 08, 2018 - Bristol, UK @ Exchange
  • October 09, 2018 - Manchester, UK @ The Ruby Lounge
  • October 10, 2018 - Glasgow, UK @ Stereo
  • October 11, 2018 - Belfast, UK @ Foundry
  • October 12, 2018 - Dublin, Ireland @ Bello Bar
  • October 13, 2018 - Sheffield, UK @ The Foundry Sheffield
  • October 14, 2018 - London, UK @ The Garage

album art by Yoshiaki Miura

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Doe // New Single, "Labour like I Do"

Topshelf Records and Big Scary Monsters recently announced the signing of London indie rock trio Doe, who will be releasing their second album, Grow into It, on September 28, 2018. Today we're excited to share the upcoming record's second single, "Labour like I Do," with a premiere on NPR.

"'Labour like I Do' is one of those songs that came flowing out like a stream of consciousness," says singer and guitarist Nicola Leel. "For that reason it’s lyrically one of the more straight up songs on the record, but sometimes it’s cool when you blurt out a bunch of words to music and realise you’ve used songwriting as a form of accidental therapy."

Not only is "Labour like I Do" accidentally therapeutic, but it's also infectiously fun and catchy. On this single, Doe experimented a bit beyond their general formula, deftly incorporating synth and slide guitar to accentuate their crafty indie rock hooks that feature clever, polyphonous vocal work. The catchy hooks trade off dynamically before exploding into an anthemic climax that shows a focused band with an ear for powerfully authentic songwriting.

Check out the video, directed by Andrew Northrop, below.

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toe // Our Latest Number

Today we are proud to share the latest record from the widely influential toe.

For nearly two decades toe has consistently redefined the limits of experimental rock, and their latest number is no exception. The four songs that comprise Our Latest Number feature the band's signature spellbinding tenets: dextrous, interwoven guitar melodies trickle around clever, unpredictable drumming, with eruptions into syncopated, awe-inspired climaxes. Never relinquishing the electric suspense they're known for, a decidedly more introspective overtone sets the record apart from its predecessors, lending a personal edge to toe's sound that reaches beyond the boundaries set by their previous work.

There's simply a kinetic energy about everything this band does. Our Latest Number shows the band seamlessly shifting between various instrumentations while experimenting with dynamic vocal arrangements and glitchy, looped samples. Their willingness to constantly test the waters of experimentation is a testament to their status as the definitive authors of the subgenres they're commonly associated with.

Long before we ever started working with them, toe was a band that always captivated us. The spectrum of their sound constantly widens while somehow retaining a distinct, precise organic feel. The new EP, Our Latest Number, is out now. Check it out on your preferred music platform, here.

The band will embark on a North American tour this fall. Tour dates can be found here.

Our Latest Number was recorded and mixed by Mino Takaaki, and mastered by Akihiro Shiba.

Album art and layout by Makoto Nii for Dis(ign)

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El Ten Eleven // Banker's Hill is Available Now!

The day you've all been waiting for – El Ten Eleven's Banker's Hill is out now!!

It has been an absolute pleasure to work with such an exciting and talented band, and we know you're going to love this record. Delve into the 9-song masterpiece anywhere you like to listen to music:

Maybe you are more into the classic record-buying experience – we get that and support it! You can also pick up a copy of Banker's Hill from your local brick-and-mortar record shop. The following retailers are carrying it now:

  • All Media Supply
  • Amoeba Music (Hollywood/San Francisco)
  • Boo Boo Records
  • Bull Moose Music
  • CD Central
  • Daddy Kool
  • Dearborn Music
  • Easy Street Records
  • Electric Fetus
  • Everyday Music
  • Fingerprints
  • Gray Whale
  • Guestroom Records
  • Independent Records
  • Luna Music
  • Lunchbox Records
  • Mills Record Company
  • Music Millennium
  • Park Ave. CD's
  • Plan 9
  • Record Exchange
  • Redscroll Records
  • Rolling Stones Record Store
  • Rough Trade Retail
  • Salzer's
  • Scratched Vinyl
  • Shake It
  • Silver Platters
  • Square Records
  • Stiff Slack
  • Stinkweeds
  • The Exclusive Co.
  • Twist & Shout
  • Vertigo
  • Waterloo
  • Zia Enterprises

The band will be heading out on tour next month in celebration of this release, accompanied by Tennis System and RLYR. Grab tickets here.

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Doe // Grow into It pre-orders are now live

Pre-orders are now live for Doe's forthcoming album Grow into It. An album about the aging process and growth, Grow Into It takes influence from bands like The Breeders and The Cars, and aims to be, "an antithesis of the overdone trope of male bands singing about rejecting adulthood and wanting to stay young and get wasted with their friends forever."

Grow into It will be released on September 28th, so don't miss your chance to be the first to jam with the London-based group's fresh and angular indie rock. Your pre-order purchase comes with your choice of a FLAC, ALAC, MP3 320, MP3 VBR or AAC 256 download, available upon release of the record.

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Queen of Jeans // Fall Tour with Circa Survive and La Dispute

Don't miss your chance to witness Queen of Jeans live with Circa Survive and La Dispute this fall on a full US tour. The Philly-based group will be traveling from New York to California and everywhere in between, performing their unique retrofitted brand of crockpot pop, so make sure to get tickets before they sell out!

Tour Dates:

  • October 30, 2018 - Silver Spring, MD, US @ The Fillmore Silver Spring
  • November 01, 2018 - Cleveland, OH, US @ Agora Theatre & Ballroom
  • November 02, 2018 - Detroit, MI, US @ Majestic Theatre
  • November 03, 2018 - Chicago, IL, US @ Vic Theatre
  • November 04, 2018 - St Louis, MO, US @ The Ready Room
  • November 06, 2018 - Denver, CO, US @ Oriental Theater
  • November 07, 2018 - Salt Lake City, UT, US @ The Union
  • November 09, 2018 - Boise, ID, US @ Knitting Factory
  • November 11, 2018 - Seattle, WA, US @ Showbox SoDo
  • November 12, 2018 - Portland, OR, US @ Roseland Theater
  • November 13, 2018 - Berkeley, CA, US @ The UC Theatre
  • November 14, 2018 - Hollywood, CA, US @ Hollywood Palladium
  • November 16, 2018 - Anaheim, CA, US @ House of Blues - Anaheim
  • November 17, 2018 - Las Vegas, NV, US @ House of Blues
  • November 18, 2018 - Phoenix, AZ, US @ The Van Buren
  • November 20, 2018 - Dallas, TX, US @ Gas Monkey Live
  • November 24, 2018 - San Antonio, TX, US @ Alamo City Music Hall
  • November 25, 2018 - Houston, TX, US @ House of Blues
  • November 27, 2018 - Lake Buena Vista, FL, US @ House of Blues
  • November 28, 2018 - St Petersburg, FL, US @ Jannus Live
  • November 30, 2018 - Charlotte, NC, US @ The Underground
  • December 01, 2018 - Philadelphia, PA, US @ Fillmore Philadelphia
  • December 02, 2018 - Worcester, MA, US @ Palladium

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    Another Michael // Land

    Topshelf Records is happy to welcome Another Michael to the roster with the release of their new EP, Land. The four track EP incorporates a wealth of stylistic touchstones that produce a thoughtful amalgam of indie pop carried by crispy, subdued electronic percussion. The eponymous Michael Doherty nimbly lavishes and bolsters each song with an angelic, agile vocal style, occasionally harking back to early 2000s R&B. But the group’s crafty instrumentation and production sit center stage too, consistently driven by a diverse sound palette that flashes with a distinct compositional elegance.

    Check out the EP on your preferred platform, here.

    Land was produced by Nick Sebastiano, Scoops Dardaris, and Michael Doherty.

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