Sunday, August 21, 2011
MP3: Total Control - The Hammer
Over four 7”s Total Control pretty much covered the post-punk gamut, starting with austere new wave and ending up with minimalist electro. But on their just-released debut LP, Henge Beat, they serve up 12 new songs that cover all of the genres they’ve previously worked with and more. Elsewhere on Henge Beat, Total Control (made up of Eddy Current Suppression Ring’s Mikey Young, Daniel Stewart of The UV Race and artist James Vinciguerra) play noisy punk and dabble in hardcore, but the album’s stellar first single The Hammer opens with a clinical drum machine and adds ominous synth swirls and squelches, building an atmosphere of detached sadness that’s more reminiscent of New Order.
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