5GB Interview: Total Control; Playing @ The Black Cat 5/25

total controlBy Ellen Eldridge

Australian punk band Total Control is cruising through the United States this summer, playing post-punk jams from their split with Thee Oh Sees, Henge Beat (2011), and new songs from their forthcoming LP.

Total Control features Mikey Young (Eddy Current Suppression Ring) and Daniel Stewart (Straightjacket Nation / UV Race.) The band captures the essence of bands including Suicide, Wire and Joy Division, with just as much emphasis on the punk as the post. Total Control’s simple and cold loopy songs have explosions, spacey instruments and sci-fi lyrics that seem to come from the paranoid Charles Burns / Philip K. Dick camp.

Daniel Stewart took the time to answer our 5GB interview questions before their show at the Black Cat this Saturday, May 25!

What’s the first gig you ever attended?

I saw maybe four hardcore bands play at my local youth centre: a couple hundred Goths, skins, punks, skaters, surfers and straight-up psycho drug pigs forced to agree on something.

What is the best gig that you ever played/performed?

Don’t do this to me. I’m a nice person; I pay my taxes and always hold doors open for people. I can tell you that every show I’ve played in Georgia has been memorable, if you respect ass-kissing and audience pandering.

What is the best gig you have ever seen?

The cultural divide between our nations makes it difficult to tell if you are being mean spirited, but in respect of diplomacy, with a straight face I can tell you that the following bands are most memorable: all four aforementioned teenage hardcore bands, Neil Young from side stage close enough to spit on, Eddy Current Suppression Ring were untouchable, Out With A Bang at Horrible fest 2007 were like the Germs pitched through time and they were Italian… I saw the Dead C a couple months ago and they were incredible too….

Gig you would most like to play?

Send me back to the Rocket from the Tombs / Mirrors / Electric Eels show and I’ll happily lose a couple of my non-essential teeth.

What would be the lineup for your dream gig?

I would like to play with Neil Young backed up by Cheetah Chrome Motherfuckers.

Make sure to check out Total Control at the Black Cat 5/25! Tickets below!

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