CONTROL-CONTROL are a three piece hailing from Fremantle Western Australia. In January 2010 they released their debut EP, 'Satellites and the Sea' at a sellout show. Since the release the band has been working hard to develop their sound and are currently working on their debut album which is set for release mid 2012.
The band is made up of Grant Christensen, on guitars and vocals, Hayley Wellington on bass guitar and Scott Hyde on drums. The band formed in mid 2009 and have played a string of shows around town including the 'Help for Haiti' benefit, shows at the Railway, Fly By Night and the Astor in support of the Sea Shepherd, 2010 WAM festival, support gigs for Bravo Inferno, the Kirbens and Dave Anderson and playing at various venues including Mojos, the Rosemount, Clancys, the Swan Basement and the Norfolk Basement.
Reviewers of the EP have been impressed and the band has received a lot of great feedback. Some comments include,
"This sort of musical talent doesn’t come along too often and certainly shows that Control-Control have what it takes to make it big in the Australian music industry." Space Ship News
"An eclectic mix of pure genius, Satellites And The Sea is certainly bound to be a successful start to an illustrious career for Control-Control." Space Ship News
"While the acoustic guitar may be the backbone of this band, the sound on this record is 'big' - not quite Led Zeppelin stadium 'big' - but booming, dramatic and epic." X-Press Magazine
"a refreshingly hi-fi local acoustic release". Which was achieved by recording the EP at Loop Studios in Perth.
"Satellites And The Sea is an impressive first offering by the group, showing a musical maturity not seen by many artists on their first try." Space Ship News
This is one band that you will not regret listening to, or if your lucky to catch one of their live energetic shows.
Brand new releases (January 2012) were recorded by the renowned Matt Gio at Underground studios. These releases 'Day Off' and 'Diversify' are a taste of their new, unique 'rock/blues' sound that will be showcased on their debut album.
Grant Christensen - Vocals, Guitars.
Hayley Wellington - Bass
Scott Hyde - Drums
2012 release - 'Day Off' single and 'Diversify' single.
Debut five track EP - Satellites and the Sea
Listen at www.myspace.com/controlcontrolaus
CD Review: Control-Control Satellites and the Sea
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Reviewed by LUKE TROLLOPE Control – Control’s EP Satellites And The Sea is a fantastic acoustic i...Reviewed by LUKE TROLLOPE
Control – Control’s EP Satellites And The Sea is a fantastic acoustic indie rock offering from the Fremantle trio. Control- Control, who recently appeared on Triple J’s unearthed have a great unique sound that takes you by surprise for such a young band, they only formed in 2009. As soon as you hear the title track ‘The Enterprise’ you immediately think of acoustic rock, with a smooth emotional undertone. As soon as you get in to the second track ‘Colour Blue’ you listen and understand this EP pays homage to their Freo home and the sea.
Satellites And The Sea is an impressive first offering by the group, showing a musical maturity not seen by many artists on their first try. It’s a sophisticated ride through a lyrical and instrumental delight. This sort of musical talent doesn’t come along too often and certainly shows that Control-Control have what it takes to make it big in the Australian music industry.
The acoustic guitar is clearly Control-Control’s instrument of choice, as it acts as a support through each song. However it is certainly not the best aspect of the tracks, the booming emotionally sophisticated and epic vocals by Grant Christensen and Hayley Wellington are a breath of fresh air.
The track ‘Sexy Sea’ is a definite stand out track, with a slightly different, mellow sound; the track trails above the rest, and could easily be released as a single. The final track ‘My Own Judge’ is a brilliant way to finish the EP off, with a song that rises along with the acoustic guitar to achieve an ending that truly sticks in the mind, beautifully haunting and an emotional treat.
The consistently good 5 track EP by Control-Control has firmly cemented them as a favourite in the Perth music scene, with tracks like this, they are certain to go very far, and soon. An eclectic mix of pure genius, Satellites And The Sea is certainly bound to be a successful start to an illustrious career for Control-Control.
Control-Control Satellites and the Sea
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Local acoustic trio Control-Control don’t exactly play folky, down-on-the-porch ditties about pretty...Local acoustic trio Control-Control don’t exactly play folky, down-on-the-porch ditties about pretty girls, sunshine and country life. While the acoustic guitar may be the backbone of this band, the sound on this record is ‘big’ - not quite Led Zeppelin stadium ‘big’ - but booming, dramatic and epic.
Opening track The Enterprise is a driving acoustic pop number with theatrical, bombastic breakdowns you could quite easily imagine Bono lending his vocal chords to. Slick, dynamic and professional – it’s a striking introduction. Colour Blue is rootsier, but still very eerie and earnest in that Celtic folk ‘let me tell you about a disastrous shipwreck’ kind of way. Grant Christensen’s vocal delivery is particularly accomplished on this track and reminiscent of the great pomp-rock wailer himself, Robert Plant. There’s a bit of Editors’ frontman Tom Smith in there as well.
Sexy Sea could do with a bit less predictability lyrics-wise, but continues the theatricality of the album nicely, albeit with a touch of funk. Why not?
A refreshingly hi-fi local acoustic release.
Eight songs, 45 minutes, all original.
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