tOp,sToP! was formed in Barcelona/Spain in 2009, founded by the lead singer/bassist Jacob A.M. The band experienced several short-term lineup changes but soon, drummer Danny Spasov and lead guitarist Vega, joined in and made the right mesh. The band’s debut album, ‘Unlimited’, soon was crafted and released in January 2010.
Things weren´t going as well as they expected and the frustration of nothing happening in Spain made Jacob come up with a plan. In 2011 they moved to the U.K. They had $25 between them, lived in the streets, slept in the van and busked until they finally got into the pub gigs circuit in England.
“-We left everything behind in Barcelona, bought a van with all our savings and dreams, put all our equipment in it and moved to the UK not looking back nor giving a damn about anything but rock and roll.
We started playing in the streets where we got some money for food. No showers for weeks, slept in that tiny little goddamn cold van and hardly had the chance to communicate with our families but we carried on, we were living the adventure of our lives with one thing in mind, we rather die living the dream than a lifetime of regrets, two options were left for us: death or Rock & Roll!
Soon after that, we made good friends all over the land that helped us so much and gave us everything they had. We spent months sleeping on everybody's floors around the country, got fed and well looked after by our fans.
The pub gigs were essential and the bookings were going crazy, the following was growing quickly and soon we could afford to pay rent, we got a house and lived together from then on.
The house meant progress and we could work on new music and chase better gigs with the internet thing. The situation got better and better and every penny was invested on new equipment, music videos, new recording and clothes!
We were having really good reviews, air plays on big radio stations, European tours, we even toured the US...Everything, absolutely everything happened because of our work and the support of our fans, nothing else...-“
Finally they got a house to live and grow as a band in Birmingham/U.K. The second album, ‘Join the Party’, was released (April 17th, 2014), got a record deal with the German label “Metalapolis Records” with UK gigs taking place every weekend, tours throughout Europe and also playing at some important international festivals like Rocklahoma (U.S.A) , The Ice Rock Festival (Switzerland), SleazeFest (Germany), HEAT Festival (Germany), The Godney Gathering (U.K.) or Hard Rock Hell (U.K.).
Another album, 'Barceloningham', was released (7th October, 2016) under the same label. Not happy about the results and the lack of exposure they were getting, in 2018 the band took back control of their music and videos and went independent again.
Their 4th studio work 'Get Selfied' came out (15th April, 2019), the single “The Last Call”, made it to major radio stations ('Planet Rock'/'Kerrang'/'BBC Radio'…) and finally gave the band the visibility they deserved.
A successful tour around Europe followed in 2019, planned to be continued all throughout 2020, had to be cancelled, the consequences Covid-19 caused have been devastating and got the band out of the road for most of the year. Restless and persisting, they have found the chance to concentrate on writing new material and even getting a new album together that will be released in 2021.