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St. Louis, Missouri, United States | SELF

St. Louis, Missouri, United States | SELF
Band Pop Hip Hop




"OPTION//CONTROL Lands Spot On A Big Stage"

OPTION//CONTROL has done what most other St. Louis bands would deem unthinkable. The fellows embrace names such as Katy Perry, Jason Derulo and even Ke$ha in describing OPTION//CONTROL's music.
"I think a lot of our musician friends would shy away from the label of Top 40 and pop, but we have a lot of fun playing it, and our fans have fun listening to us," lead singer Steven Neske says. "At the end of the day, it's all about having a good time.
"We love all music, though my favorite band is Radiohead, which isn't close to Katy Perry or Ke$ha. Bat at the same time, I grew up listening to Y98 in my mom's car and listening to piles of pop music. We're not trying to be overly pretentious about anything."
OPTION//CONTROL mixes pop and rock influences in infectious ways that feature oversize guitar riffs and catchy hooks.
"Our goal, if you hear one of these songs on the radio, is for it to be ambiguous," Neske says. "You might think you're listening to the next Jason Derulo or something and not know that it's a full band with five people playing instruments."
OPTION//CONTROL is looking at a big boost in its profile as one of three local bands chosen as winners in the new Fair St. Louis Music Video Contest. The band will perform Sunday on the Budweiser Main Stage, where Maroon 5 will perform later that day. Hip-hop group Doorway and rockers Last Night's Vice were also selected. It's a long way from OPTION//CONTROL's usual haunts at The Pageant, The Firebird, Blueberry Hill and Cicero's.
The winning video was for "Saw Her There." Neske calls the video, filmed in a downtown loft, simple in concept, but it allows people to see what OPTION//CONTROL looks and sounds like.
"We didn't want to be overcomplicated with story line and actors and actresses, so we rounded up a handful of friends and shot a performance video of us performing in a party atmosphere," he says.
The 3-year-old band heard about the contest through Twitter and jumped at the opportunity.
"It was a chance to seize the moment since we had that video ready to go," Neske says. "And playing at Fair St. Louis in front of families and that many people would really be great exposure."
The band released two EPs in 2007, but Neske says "Saw Her There" won't lead to an album.
"We simply want to write and record and release singles digitally," he says. "If we put an album on iTunes, people would hack it up and just buy the songs they want anyway." - St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"OPTION//CONTROL @ The Firebird } 6.23.10"

From their website to the way they presented themselves on stage, you could tell that OPTION//CONTROL is making their move to try and reach the next level. The big news of the night was that they had been picked up to play on the local Warped Tour stop. Maybe that'll be the push they need to hit the big time. Maybe when they blow up, they won't have to play paper/rock/scissors to see who gets the last cigarette before showtime. - www.musicvsman.com


Before We Go Any Further - E.P. (2009)
The Reset - E.P. (2009)
A List Of Demands - Single (2011)
Better Than This - Single (2011)
Badd Enough - Single (2011)
Not Coming Back - Single (2011)
Saw Her There - Single (2011)
How This Works (Fly So High) - Single (2011)
Start Tonight - Single (2011)
Falling Star - Single (2011)
Ready To Go - Single (2011)
Back To Me - Single (2011)



OPTION//CONTROL is a pop/rock/hip-hop outfit hailing from Saint Louis, Missouri. Formed in early 2009, the band consists of lead vocalist and guitarist Steve Neske, emcee and keyboardist Craig Jenkins, guitarist Matthew Brown, bassist Zack Long, and drummer Matthew Effinger.

Effinger and Neske met as high school students playing in the Saint Louis music scene and began playing together when Neske's former drummer had thrown in the towel. Joined later by Jenkins on keyboards, the band put together a pop-punk outfit and toured the midwest, releasing a string of independent EPs.

Looking to advance their sound, the group recruited bassist Zack Long and guitarist Matthew Brown, and shortly after, OPTION//CONTROL was born.

The band spent the next 18 months honing their sound and playing shows regionally, building a buzz and fan base, and at the start of 2011, emerged with something totally their own, blending pop and hip-hop hooks with stadium sized guitar leads and grooving rhythm.

In 2010, the band landed a spot on the Vans Warped Tour as well as a slot on two consecutive radio festivals for KPNT's "Pointfests."

Since the start of 2011, the band has released a string of singles digitally including "Falling Star," "Start Tonight," (both of which were produced by James Hargrove and Jayson Bridges, the production team behind Nelly and Tim McGraw's "Over and Over") "Saw Her There," "Back To Me," and "Ready To Go." The band shot and independently released music videos for both "Falling Star" and "Saw Her There," the latter winning them an opening slot at Fair Saint Louis, opening for Maroon 5 in July 2011.

The band plans to continue to write, record, and release digital singles and music videos as well as touring regionally for the remainder of 2011 and into 2012 and aims to take top 40 by storm!