The Top is a quirky slice of melancholy pop. They found their start in New York State’s Hudson Valley, developing a local following as undergrads at Bard College. In August 2010, The Top put together a studio and began to record the first demos that would later become the Hands' EP. They recorded all of the tracks using vintage equipment, primarily a 4-track cassette tape recorder.
Free Time formed in the summer of 2012 around Melbourne luminary Dion Nania (Panel of Judges). After moving to New York in 2011, Nania kicked around for a while, played some lead guitar with fellow Melbourne transplants Scott and Charlene’s Wedding, then helped out the Twerps playing bass on a US tour. Shortly thereafter he began writing new songs with the intent of putting a new band together, enlisting the support of Adrienne Humblet on bass, Jonah Maurer on guitar, and Michael Mimoun on drums. Filling out Nania’s jangly, sometimes heartbreaking pop, the band quickly recorded most of their first LP the day before Dion flew home to mix it. He returned with fragments for new songs and the band finished the record in December 2012.
Nania’s songs tell stories of following love across the world, of being unsure about the future and of his place in it. Like the trans-pacific ping pong of the last 2 years of his life, the songs veer between sweet sadness and wild exuberance. Free Time’s eponymous debut was released on May 28, 2013.