2 Track, 7inch (2010, Smart Guy)
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Related: Total Control.
An isolated sense of potential violence and suburban mundanity pervades 'Paranoid Video', the tense opening track on Total Control's latest synth-punk 7”. Having seen the Melbourne five-piece play a few times over the past couple of months it seems they have two slightly different styles in the live context: one that builds around Mikey Young’s clean guitar and the punky drumming of James Vinciguerra, and a colder new wave sound with drum machine and synth.
‘Paranoid Video’ falls in the latter category. A clinical drum machine opens proceedings, before eerie synths and drone-y vocals fall in. It's ominous and dark, and while the record doesn't quite capture the same punk spirit that the band manages on stage, it's still excellent.
The B-side 'Real Estate' is an older jam from when the band started out in 2008. It takes on a more S.P.K., Severed Heads direction with slow and swirly keyboards, but comes off sounding just as agitated and tense.
by Tim Scott