Australia’s Total Control joins PGH’s The Gotobeds & EEL @ The Shop

Published On July 27, 2015 | By Hannah Gloeckl | Music
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After a year-long hiatus following the release of their second album, “Typical System,” Australian band Total Control is back with a two-week tour spanning across the U.S. this August.

Started by Mikey Young (guitar, keyboards) and Dan Stewart (vocals) in 2008 over a mutual interest in 80s punk, the duo released several 7″ singles using synthesizers. This wasn’t their first rodeo, either – Young and Stewart are also members of the bands Eddy Current Suppression Ring and UV Race, respectively. Total Control expanded to add Al Montfort (guitar), Zephyr Pavey (bass) and James Vinciguerra (drums) to round out their live performances, which resulted in the creation of a rock sound with an electric feel and replaced the synthesizers.

After a summer of reading Nietzsche (a German philosopher, cultural critic, and composer), the quintet released their first album, titled “Henge Beat,” in 2011 on Iron Lung Records and followed it up with their second album “Typical System” in June 2014. Following the success of “Henge Beat,” the band reached into their collective past music experience for “Typical System,” creating an album that explores the spectrum of punk.

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The band delayed touring in celebration of “Typical Storm” due to it’s darker lyrical material, which took an emotional toll on lyricist and singer, Dan Stewart. “Sometimes if we’re playing a show, it fills me with anxiety and makes me feel a bit sick. It would be difficult for me to tour on some of the songs on this record just because it’s still quite raw. Even hearing the record is a raw experience for me,” Stewart explained to Pitchfork in a 2014 interview preceding the release of “Typical Storm.”

Pittsburgh bands The GOTOBEDS and EEL will join Total Control on stage at The Shop August 3 at 7PM. Tickets are $12 at the door, and $10 in advance when purchased at Sound Cat Records or Mind Cure Records.

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