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Total Control Bring Garage Rock from the Land Down Under to You

May 22nd, 2013

Bonding over their shared love of ’80s bands like Devo and the Screamers, Dan Stewart (vocals) and Mikey Young (guitar and keys) formed Total Control in Melbourne in 2008. The duo rose up out of Australia’s garage-punk scene thanks in part to several 7″ singles before blossoming into a five-piece with the addition of Alistair Montfort (guitar), Zephyr Pavey (bass) and James Vinciguerra (drums). With each subsequent release, the band’s sound changed slightly, culminating with their explosive, hypnotic debut LP, 2011’s Henge Beat (stream it below). In praising it, Pitchfork says, “The band explores a different realm of possibilities in every song,” and “Total Control display the kind of unity that veteran bands take years to cultivate.” Find out for yourself what the fuss is all about when Total Control (above, performing “One More Tonight”) play tonight at Mercury Lounge.