OK, so depending on how you look at it, it is getting harder and harder to keep track of all the very stellar bands that seem to be pouring out of Australia these days. This mostly isn't helped by the fact everyone appears to be playing in each others band at the same time either, but I digress. Well, Total Control can now be added to the list of outstanding Aussie bands. Featuring members of post-punk nutters UV Race and punk-garage maestros Eddy Current Suppression Ring, Total Control is decidedly different direction from either band. Based around a desire to to make more synth heavy project. Their first single was a complete wonder in it's misdirection, coming off as a even more manic Lost Sounds. Everything shoved into four super short songs that like the world's best fuck up. Obviously, the band decided to refine their sound to what they wanted it to be, the result being the new 2 song "Paranoid Video" 7 inch. A listen to the title track gives you the new style shift to something much slower, with a love of Eno and Devo is really pronounced while still containing the same dark edge that made their debut 7" so appealing.
Boomgates are another side of Australian punk/garage scene, this time featuring members of
Both 7 inches are being brought to the US thanks to the folks over at Smart Guy Records. Recommend purchase of these wax disc is quickly, because both Total Control records have sold out in the past, and the newest one was just repressed on colored vinyl.
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Buy both 7" here, from Smart Guy Records