To some, Total Control is what Eddy Current Suppression Ring fellow Mikey Young got up to while that band took much of the 2010s off. To others, Total Control are Young’s primary group (though this is not a solo endeavour - UV Race's Dan Stewart also helms the project, and the pair are backed by Al Montfort, Zephyr Pavey and James Vinciguerra). Wherever you stand, we can all agree that Total Control’s second LP ‘Typical System’ is a bracing set of Motorik post-punk that combines the foreboding of Preoccupations with Devo’s synth-based frenzy.
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8/10 Cath. 19th August 2014
Have been listening to this over and over and over again ... and I'm a child of the 80's ...
Love the variation of genre of this record which brings you from synth-pop to post-punk ...
Favourite track : "Two Less Jacks".
This band leaded me to a side project of one of their member : The UV Race, which I do recommend a lot !
10/10 Nicole 28th June 2014
The first time I listened to this album I wasn't sure what to think about it... It seemed to lack of consistency, from dancey 80s beats to raging melodies reminding more sonorities that could belong to a b-side from HENGE BEAT. After a few plays it started becoming an essential part of my daily listening and that's exactly when I realised I was wrong.
Apart from stating the obvious reference points (THE HUMAN LEAGUE, DEVO and KRAFTWERK to name a few, but I could go on for ages and this is not why I am writing this review) TOTAL CONTROL bring forward their own frantic mixture of tense post-punk and melodic synth leads. 'TYPICAL SYSTEM', the band's second full-length LP, is overall an impeccable album, full of different post-punk flavours crossing with darkwave beats. There's space for everything, from the incredibly catchy opening synth hook 'BLOODY GLASS' to the obsessing and positively exhausting 'HUNTER' - which may qualify as the best track on the album. Also worth noting are the lyrics, which come across very bitter, stark and poignant. Surreal subject matter displayed through the lens of shimmering synth, paranoid guitar sounds and repetitive bass lines. Highly recommended, let's hope someone will bring this band to the UK. Again.
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