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Track of the Day: Total Control – Expensive Dog

Australian 5-man post-punk outfit, Total Control, fit right at home in the near-new-wave 80s sweet-spot…

Australian 5-man post-punk outfit, Total Control, fit right at home in the near-new-wave 80s sweet-spot of their myriad predecessors. The act released their debut Henge Beat in 2011 to some critical success and plan to follow it up with Typical System by the end of this month. Speculation that the sophomore album would be a broody synth-pop vehicle was vindicated by both ‘Glass’ and ‘Flesh War’ but belied by the dramatic, guitar-dominated ‘Expensive Dog’.

The track charges on for just under four minutes, establishing traction through its theatrical guitars and daunting vocals, somewhat reminiscent of Television Personalities’ Dan Treacy – with a blood-thirst. The eeriness of the disaffected, deadpan vocal-track is amplified by the band’s nihilist influence in their lyricism. That said, ‘Expensive Dog’ outdoes itself with a contrast: a surprisingly uplifting, grandiose close that suggests a layered depth to Total Control; another reason to eagerly anticipate this forthcoming LP.

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