Total Control – Flesh War (single) (Iron Lung Records)


Total Control are a post-punk act from Australia who formed in 2008 and have released a succession of 7″s (which were bundled together as a digital-only compilation last year) that developed from an aggressive post-punk band sound to studio forays into electronic forms from minimal wave to house.

The band released their debut album Henge Beat in 2011 to rave reviews, followed by a split 12″ with Thee Oh Sees, a 7″ single on Sub Pop, and a house remix 12″.

The Melbourne quintet is now preparing to release its second full length record, Typical System (artwork above) and the first single Flesh War has been unveiled.

With their nostalgia-inducing, post-punk meets new-wave sound, the inevitable Joy Division comparison is sure to rear its head. However, to these ears, a more accurate comparison would be London psych act TOY (read our review of TOY’s brilliant self-titled album from 2012) in terms of its vocals and lo-fi aesthetic.

The moody, black-hued verses of Flesh War summon Gary Numan but then all of sudden, as if the sky just opened up, a glorious, Human League worthy chorus bursts through the speakers.

Extra points are given due to the fact the band have kept some of the blemishes (such as the sometimes slightly imperfect drumming) thus maintaining the right balance of pop, grit and edge. Flesh War is an excellent first taste from the band’s upcoming record and continues the band’s evolution in sound and style.

Magnificent stuff.

Flesh War is from Total Control’s upcoming second album, Typical System out US/Worldwide via Iron Lung Records on 24 June, 2014 and self-released in Australia/New Zealand on 20 June, 2014.

Listen to Flesh War below: