In the midst of all of our recent meetings with financial advisors on how to invest the bags of cash we assume to see at some point from the recent music industry growth (it trickles down, right?), we missed a chance to talk about a variety of updates coming from Aussie post-punks Total Control. The good news for you is that now we can throw all the crucial stuff into a single megapost, kind of like a Now That's What I Call Total Control February News!. After all, time is precious and we have another meeting to get to, discussing an incredible opportunity to help a deposed Prince of Nigeria.
For starters, the Melbourners digitally released a 10-track compilation of previously released singles, simply titled, 7″s. Formed from members of other Oceanic stalwarts such as UV Race, Eddy Current Supression Ring and Ooga Boogas, the collection features several cuts that show an early, more raw side to the group than the despair ridden darkwave of their debut full-length Henge Beat. On their namesake track, “Total Control”, they sound more Spits than Joy Division, bolstering a fast punk beat, buzzing guitar, a hammering bass and scuzzed vocals.
Starting in May, Total Control has announced it will head out on a U.S. tour, stopping at Chaos In Tejas in Austin along the way and playing a variety of dates with Thee Oh Sees, Crazy Spirit, the Soft Moon, Ceremony and a few incestual gigs alongside UV Race. If that’s not enough for you, they’ve also released a video for “Sweaty”, off their 2012 split with Thee Oh Sees, which you can watch below.
Okay, phew! That feels a lot better. Now, just need to catch up on this “Harlem Shake” thing real quick. A quick Google search tells me…oh shit.
Tour Dates For Total Control
22 – Mercury Lounge – New York, NY
23 – 2800 Kent – Brooklyn, NY ^
24 – Johnny Brenda's – Philadelphia, PA %
25 – Black Cat – Washington, D.C. %
26 – Strange Matter – Richmond, VA %
27 – 529 – Atlanta, GA %
28 – Murphy’s – Memphis, TN %
29 – Rubber Gloves – Denton, TX %
30 – Chaos In Tejas – Austin, TX
31 – Chaos In Tejas – Austin, TX
01 – Chaos In Tejas – Austin, TX
02 – Chaos In Tejas – Austin, TX
04 – The Rhythm Room – Phoenix, AZ #
05 – Chain Reaction – Anaheim, CA #
06 – Echoplex – Los Angeles, CA #*
07 – The Catalyst Atrium – Santa Cruz, CA #*
08 – The Eagle – San Francisco, CA @
^ – w/ Crazy Spirit and Raspberry Bulbs
% – w/ UV Race
# – w/ Ceremony
* – w/ Soft Moon
@ – w/ Thee Oh Sees