“I’m not in it for money, just wanna stand on your face” – Total Control
I’m still wiping bootmarks off my face.
Out of San Francisco come Thee Oh Sees and from Melbourne, Australia, come Total Control firing on all cylinders. Recorded by Chris Woodhouse, this shit sounds good; as it always does on a Woodhouse recording. OK, so while this 12″ split was released late last year, it really oughta be mentioned some more.
John Dwyer (Hospitals, Coachwhips, Pink and Brown) and the prolific Oh Sees are sung veterans of the garage rock scene and John has been smart enough to release this split with synth-punkers Total Control on his own label Castle Face Records. Some solid Oh Sees tracks appear here including “Dead Energy” and the boogie of “AA Warm Breeze”– but turning the record over is where the bigger gold nuggets lay hidden.
The younger of the two bands, Total Control, include members of Eddy Current Suppression Ring, and UV Race…a who’s who of Australian top-notch musicians. This is a superb follow up to the Hengebeat LP (Iron Lung) earlier in the year. Their side of the wax kicks off with the dark and twisted, “Nervous Harvest”, followed by the brilliantly simple “For Lease”; the songs not really losing intensity before the needle hits the last groove. There are four songs by each band on this record. Different styles, yet they complement each other and a nice example of the quality of material these bands are able to produce. Thee Oh Sees prove an already legendary live band, and Total Control are quite possibly Warsaw/Joy Division for a new generation. Ok, no pressure for 2012/2013 guys.