Total Control, Raspberry Bulbs, Crazy Spirit, Survival

Total Control

Punk is now more than 30 years old, and while that might not be old enough to qualify for the pension, those who were around to see the scene ignite in the '70s are certainly getting close. Yet, as a general rule, it still plays as music for the young. The genre hasn't necessarily aged with its instigators.

This is where Melbourne's Total Control come in. While they may not be of (pension) card-carrying age, they project visions of those who are. The man who begrudgingly accepts his gold watch as he reaches retirement. The woman whose prescribed pills only offset the effects of the other drugs she's been ordered to ingest.

Total Control channel the dread of aging. Their synths attack our insecurities about our future. Their vocals batter our hopes of a peaceful existence beyond the working life. It's all rather grim. And it should be.

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.

Raspberry Bulbs

Raspberry Bulbs frontman Marco del Rio is probably best known under a darker alias: He Who Crushes Teeth. For more than a decade, he's gone by the ominous moniker as the drummer and lyricist for California black metal purists Bone Awl. With that knack for rhythm, philosophical writerly approach, and no proper guitar experience whatsoever, his unique skill set has served him well in making the mutant lo-fi raw punk of Raspberry Bulbs, which he began five years ago surrounding a move to New York City.
Growing from a solo project to a quintet, the band now scratch and scream while waxing existential and perhaps even getting stuck in your head. In New York, they've played out off-and-on, becoming underground favorites across formidable corners of punk, hardcore, and noise.

Crazy Spirit


Post-post-punk stalwarts.



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