Charmer is Bringing Back Emo with ‘Topanga Lawrence’


Gearing up for the release of their debut self-titled album, the emo-rock band Charmer just released their first track, “Topanga Lawrence.” The track draws on a combination of life experiences to create a fictional romance about Topanga Lawrence from the storied teenaged sitcom, Boy Meets World.


Charmer are working to make emo great again ahead of their self-titled album

“Even though we wrote it the last day before recording, it turned out to be one of our favorites from the LP,” said vocalist and guitarist David Daignault.


The fairly upbeat track features the standards of the punk-emo scene that the group is making all their own. With heavy cymbal riding in the pre-chorus that pushes the track while keeping the beat in the quieter sections, you can hear how each member totally thrives on their instrument. The addition of a trumpet keep it interesting and shows how Charmer is adding their unique take on the genre.

From Marquette, Michigan, which is way up in the upper peninsula for those not from the state, Charmer is currently working to revitalize the midwest emo scene. With the upcoming release of their debut album, they’re on track to do that and more.


Charmer focuses as a collection of songs about Daignault’s last semester of college and the months after graduating. The experiences that make up that confusing time, experiences that a lot of people can relate to, is exactly what Charmer is doing with this self-titled album.


Daignault said, “It’s a perfect blend of influences that made us want to start this band originally and influences of the band we’d eventually like to become.”


With the help of Jake Ewald on recording and mastered by Ian Farmer (both from Modern Baseball), the self-titled album is shaping up to be a massive debut for Charmer. In a little over two years, Charmer has performed shows with acts like Pinegrove, Teen Suicide, and Dowsing and isn’t expected to slow down anytime soon.


President and owner of No Sleep Records Chris Hansen said fans can “expect all the things you loved about The Promise Ring, Mineral, and Texas is the Reason wrapped up in a nostalgia-inducing 22 minutes of twinkly guitars and heartfelt lyrics.”


Charmer is out on April 20 via No Sleep Records, preorder it here.

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