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Total Control - Henge Beat lp (Iron Lung Records)



The combination of all their previous work and a steady live band has come together to form the great Henge Beat LP. These guys have outdone themselves with this one. Musically it rests somewhere between late 70's UK new wave a-la Ha Ha Ha era ULTRAVOX and the "now sound" EDDY CURRENT SUPPRESSION RING Aussie garage that we all know and love. Add a dash of hopeful Krautrock flavor and the recipe is a smashing success. We could not be happier to offer this perfect execution to you.



1. "See More Glass"   4:10
2. "Retiree"   1:59
3. "One More Tonight"   3:53
4. "The Hammer"   3:42
5. "Stonehenge"   2:01
6. "Carpet Rash"   6:57
7. "Shame Thugs"   1:00
8. "No Bibs"   1:35
9. "Meds"   4:55
10. "Sunday Baker"   1:54
11. "Love Performance"   4:29

Mess & Noise says




In the lead up to their debut LP release, Henge Beat, the focus has been on whether they could successfully reconcile their minimal techno experiments with the band’s collective shambles of a punk and hardcore past. The Melbourne five-piece boasts members from UV Race, Straightjacket Nation and AIDS, while core member Mikey Young is best known for his garage outfit Eddy Current Suppression Ring. He’s pretty much been the go-to-guy for recording and production among Melbourne’s independent music community – he’s worked on records by Fabulous Diamonds, UV Race and Super Wild Horses of late – while already dabbling in an ECSR contradiction with the glitch electronica of Brain Children in 2009. That was along with Agents of Abhorrence drummer, Max Kohane, no less.


Until now, Total Control’s recorded material offered a primitive synthpunk vibe, most strongly represented in the desolate electronica and atonal word-association of other key member Daniel Stewart. But now, Henge Beat fully exploits the tension of forcing several conflicting elements into the same creative space. The primitive synth melody of the instrumental ‘Shame Thugs’ (calling to mind The Screamers’ ‘Punish or Be Damned’) fades in and out into the fierce six-minute epic ‘Carpet Rash’. That, in turn, is swallowed into the vortex of synthesised sounds and caustic sputtering of noise in ‘No Bib’. The song is assaulted from all angles; bulldozed by a persistent bass, lurching guitar and a peremptory cackle throughout (“ah-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha!”). That’s all before the LP slips seamlessly into the ominous march of ‘Meds II’ and the trap of infinite syntax with “visions of the visions of the visions of the visions of the visions”.


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This product was added to our catalog on Thursday 18 August, 2011.

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