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Background information
Origin Canada
Genres Indie rock, dance-punk
Years active 2002–2006
Labels Paper Bag Records
Past members Nirmala Basnayake
Colwyn Llewellyn-Thomas
Scott Kaija
Ronnie Morris
Jeff Scheven

controller.controller was a Canadian indie rock band from Toronto, Ontario. The band consisted of vocalist Nirmala Basnayake, guitarists Colwyn Llewellyn-Thomas and Scott Kaija, bassist Ronnie Morris and drummer Jeff Scheven. The band took its name from a song by Shotmaker.[1]

The band formed in 2002, and played their first shows using the name The Prefix. Their rhythmic post-punk style had been compared by critics to Joy Division, The Slits and Public Image Ltd.

Their debut album, History, was released on Paper Bag Records in 2004.[2] The follow-up album, X-Amounts, was released October 11, 2005.[3] Also in 2005, Basnayake participated in Ladeez Quire, an improvisational music show that also featured Sook-Yin Lee and Elisha Lim.[4]

Basnayake announced in October 2006 that she was leaving the band.[5] Members Jeff Scheven and Ronnie Morris formed the new band Lioness with vocalist Vanessa Fischer in 2007,[6] while Scott Kaija formed the new band Medallions with vocalist/guitarist John Hunter, drummer Mick Jackson and Daniel Brooks.[6] Basnayake remained an occasional contributor to one-off musical projects, most notably Toronto band Stop Die Resuscitate's 2009 single "Measurements".[7]

The band reunited in February 2015 for a reunion show at Sneaky Dee's, as part of the 15th anniversary of Toronto's influential Wavelength concert series.[8]


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