T-TOPS / CYRUS GOLD: Split: 10”

It’s not every day that my love of both the 10” record format and old baseball cards crosses paths, but that’s exactly what happened here with the “Topps” baseball card-inspired cover art on the T-Tops side of this 10”. Musically, T-tops immediately take the listener on a dark and grungy noise rock ride, with a sound not unlike what you might have found amongst records on Amphetamine Reptile or early Sub Pop Records releases from the late ‘80s or early ‘90s. Flipping the record over, the Cyrus Gold side of this split is more in the arty, angular post-hardcore vein, which at times almost reminds me of a noisier version of Refused, but without the pretentiousness. Overall, this odd pairing works, with the T-Tops side really speaking to me both musically as well as aesthetically. –Mark Twistworthy (t-tops.bandcamp.com)