May 19, 2016
By Kenny Fowler (@buttonmasherken)
Album Art by Lazerhorse (Credit: www.TWRPlive.com)
If you’ve ever ventured around the streets of Toronto late at night, chances are you’ve already experienced the majesty of a live Tupper Ware Remix Party show, as they have become infamous for impromptu street performances. This quartet of Sci-Fi Funk rockers will tell you they are from the future, but also the 80’s; from space, but also Toronto. To be honest, that’s about as succinct as you can get in trying to capture what it is like to be enveloped by their addictive music and energy. Their fusion of 80’s-inspired tunes with a modern, digital twist has taken yet another evolutionary leap with their latest EP, “Guardians of the Zone”.
To start, TWRP’s unique approach to releasing music has served them well. Rather than waiting for a full LP’s worth of music to be ready, they release smaller EP’s at a more frequent rate. “Guardians” marks their third release in less than 18 months, which allows them to stay on people’s radars, and gives listeners fresh, easily digestible chunks of music to appreciate. It also means they don’t run the risk of releasing filler tracks. On “Guardians of the Zone”, there’s nothing but funky goodness.
The strength of this album comes from TWRP’s ability to take their sonic formula and find ways to push their boundaries. Frontman Doctor Sung’s robotic vocals shine on tracks “Makin’ A Move” and “Groove Crusaders”, giving Daft Punk a run for their money. Bassist Commander Meowch blazes across the EP with his flawless slap skills (compare the remake of their classic track “The No Pants Dance” to their original from four years ago and his ever-growing talent becomes undeniable).
Doctor Sung and Commander Meowch keep the energy up (Credit: Jack Angelo Photography)
The most exciting part of any new TWRP release is the inevitable collaborations across the tracks, and “Guardians of the Zone” does not disappoint. The addition of Lydia Persaud on “Makin’ A Move” is by far the best decision on the entire EP, as her powerful duet with Doctor Sung gives listeners an instant classic. YouTube comedic sensations Ninja Sex Party have returned for a third time to work with TWRP, and Danny Sexbang sounds as good as ever, proving yet again that he is at his strongest when he takes his music seriously.
If there were any issues with “Guardians of the Zone”, it’s that at some points the listener is left wanting more. Opening track “Time to Shine” sets the listeners up for an epic high energy adventure, but ends before it feels finished. “Business Tips” suffers the same fate, just as the groove truly sets in and the band really starts to take off, the track starts to fade. Both songs are great, there just needs to be more!
Guitarist Lord Phobos prepares to shred (Credit: Jack Angelo Photography)
If you have never experienced Tupper Ware Remix Party, “Guardians of the Zone” serves as an excellent jumping off point for a new listener who needs more music to shake to. Fans of TWRP will not be disappointed, as they prove yet again that they are not slowing down anytime soon. The album is available on Bandcamp, and you can get a physical copy if you catch them at any of their high energy shows across the country.
Rating: 4/5 (Highly Recommended)
Suggested Tracks: “Makin’ A Move”, “Groove Crusaders”