June 13, 2011
The best way to describe Toronto band Topanga can be summed up in just one word, fun. Sometimes you listen to a band and you just know that it was formed on the basis of a group of good friends that just want to have a great time, play music, drink beer and get laid. All of their songs have quirky hooks, are soaked in energy and seem like they would be the perfect backdrop for a sloppy drunk kegger! Just check out their video for “Lionheart” released today to see what this band is about. I guarantee it’ll be more fun than watching season three of Boy Meets World. To tell us more is lead singer Stefan Babcock.
There are a lot of bands playing NXNE, what makes yours stand out?
ENERGY. We’re really tired of bands who are ‘too cool’ to rock out. We’re all best friends, and have so much fun onstage, its impossible not to jump around. If you’re not having fun playing shows, what’s the point? Oh, aside from all the piles of cash we make, of course…
Have you played NXNE before? If so, tell us about your experience, the things you learned and how your performances went down. What are you planning on doing differently this time? If not, tell us how you’re preparing for the festival and what you’re hoping to get out of it.
We played our first show only five months ago, so this is definitely our first NXNE experience—though we’ve all played the festival as a part of different projects before. We’ve been prepping by training our livers for extended service hours. Joking (sort of). Mostly, we’re just stoked to see tons of cool bands. We’re looking forward to a great week, making a bunch of new friends, and eating burgers. Its kinda like summer camp for us.
What is your band working on at the moment?
What other acts are you hoping to catch at the festival this year?
NXNE is finally starting to receive international recognition for its stellar lineups and workshops. What do you think this means for Canada and Canadian music?
Any last parting words for us music-hungry Toronto folk?
Topanga NXNE Shows: