THE TOP BOOST (interview)

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Sweet Sweet Music talked with Hunter Gogo about the release of the new ep, Turn Around.

What was the biggest fun during the making of the last ep?

The most exciting part about making the Turn Around EP was how it constantly evolved. Almost everything ended up different than we thought it would. We used instruments we never planned to use; we would come into the studio thinking we were going to record a guitar track but end up recording a minimoog synthesizer line. The spontaneity of the recording sessions shaped this record. It was exciting to see how we changed and grew as a band while recording the EP.

If we want to know you, what song do we have to listen to? And why?

The title track, Turn Around, would have to be the standout song for the band. Particularly in regards to production and arrangement. At one point we didn’t even want to record it, but when we rewrote the lyrics it was the start of an amazing process in the studio. The track has the dreamy, psychedelic jangle we wanted, but managed to bring an unforeseen dark, swirling depth to the record. We knew we had made something unusual, and that we must treat each song with the same care. The sessions afterwards were produced with Turn Around in mind, and that’s when the record really came together.

What’s the story behind the band name?

We spent a long time thinking of several different names.  Some were already taken, and some just didn’t suit what we were going for. We needed something that we could identify our sound with. One summer night on the roof of the studio, we stumbled upon a great idea. Our favourite guitar amp ,the Vox AC30 had all along been holding the proper name for the band. A special input on the AC30 called “Top Boost” essentially allows more tone control for your guitar, and specifically an increase in brilliance. It seemed like the perfect idea. “The Top Boost” just popped into our heads. We felt it related to our love of jangly guitars, old gear, and way of recording. It had to be the name!

Turn Around has been described as perfect power pop, as if it were made in the 80s. Was that the sound you were looking for?

We are massively influenced by 1960’s pop music. It naturally comes out that way while composing. What we went for was just what we thought sounded right. To build each song properly we put together a sound collage filled with our favourite instruments. We carefully placed everything in the appropriate spots. The Rickenbacker 12 string became a big part of our sound very quickly. The original idea we had was to make a shimmering, psychedelic record. It ended up even more dreamy than we had hoped.

The music industry has changed a lot (or so they say). What did it bring you? And what not?

We feel like we haven’t seen much of any music industry yet. It hasn’t really affected us. We mainly use the internet to get ourselves across to people. That is a big help for sure.

She tells you to decide on a 5-song mix tape if there is going to be a second date. Which 5 would you put on.

The Rain, The Park and Other Things – The Cowsills

Hello It’s Me – Todd Rundgren

She’s American – The 1975

Time Of The Season – The Zombies

Never My Love – The Association

What’s up for the next couple of months?

We plan on playing shows, while at the same time working on our next record. There are tons of new ideas and tricks we have planned. We really want to make the most of our live show to give people a different experience than they get from listening to our record. It’s all going to be very exciting. We promise!

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