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D.C. isn’t actually going to be hit by the hurricane, but if we were, I can’t imagine a better song to stare down the eye of a storm than T-Tops “Disease.” Right out of the gate, it’s a full throttle head banger, but T-Tops has no interest in resting on their laurels, and the song progressively ramps up just to burst into metaphoric flame. If your whole body isn’t convulsing at then end, you’ve either 1. Done something wrong or 2. You’re more metal than me and for that I salute you.

But don’t just take my word for it, here’s what guitarist / vocalist Patrick Waters has to say about the track: “The song “Disease” came about from a line I had rattling around in my head for a few years but never really knew how or where to use it. I overheard a friend once describing an ailment someone he knew had, saying, “She’s got some disease where she just… bleeds… all over her body…” and I instantly thought, “I’m totally using that!” So that developed into “She’s got a disease, she just bleeds from her eyes and her nose, now it’s down to her knees…” and it totally fit the riff when it came about years later, which was just last summer. I can’t say the rest of the lyrics are about that or any disease specifically. It’s rare I write a song, lyrically anyway, that’s about one concrete thing from start to finish.”

Like what you hear? Check out their EP Disease and catch them on September 13 at the El Cortez in Brooklyn.

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