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Background information
GenresIndie rock, dance-punk
Years active2002–2006; 2015, 2017
LabelsPaper Bag Records[1]
Label Obscura
Past membersNirmala 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.[2]


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.[3][4] The follow-up album, X-Amounts, was released October 11, 2005.[5][6] Also in 2005, Basnayake participated in Ladeez Quire, an improvisational music show that also featured Sook-Yin Lee and Elisha Lim.[7]

After the release of X-Amounts, the band went on a tour around North America and the UK to support the album.[8][9]

In October 2006 Basnayake decided to leave the band,[10] and this resulted in its disbanding.[8] Members Jeff Scheven and Ronnie Morris formed the new band Lioness with vocalist Vanessa Fischer in 2007,[11] while Scott Kaija formed the new band Medallions with vocalist/guitarist John Hunter, drummer Mick Jackson and Daniel Brooks.[11] Basnayake remained an occasional contributor to one-off musical projects, most notably Toronto band Stop Die Resuscitate's 2009 single "Measurements".[12]

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.[13] Shortly thereafter Morris suffered a disabling stroke.[8][14]


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  1. ^ "Grimly funky dance masters make History; Fans get control- ler.controller disc Punk-disco band big on guitar sound". TToronto Star - Toronto, Ont. Rayner, Ben. Feb 12, 2004. Page: K.03
  2. ^ Greg the Boyfriend (2004-10-13). "controller.controller in Sets and the City". Gothamist. Archived from the original on 2012-04-15. Retrieved 2013-05-06.
  3. ^ "Controller.Controller reunites for Wavelength, talk future and that time Bahamas opened for them". Post City, February 11, 2015.
  4. ^ Reviews. CMJ New Music Report. CMJ Network, Inc. 14 June 2004. pp. 5–. ISSN 0890-0795.
  5. ^ "Nirmala Basnayake Leaves Controller.Controller". ChartAttack, October 6, 2006.
  6. ^ Rebecca RAber (2005). Abridged Too Far: Reviews in brief. CMJ New Music Monthly. CMJ Network, Inc. pp. 50–. ISSN 1074-6978.
  7. ^ "Quire Practice". NOW, December 15, 2005.
  8. ^ a b c "Ronnie Morris Recovery". by Kevin Ritchie May 21, 2015
  9. ^ "controller.controller Have Reunited And It Feels So Good". Noisey, Cam Lindsay Jan 8 2015
  10. ^ "Nirmala Basnayake Talks About Leaving controller.controller". CBC Radio 3, October 3, 2006.
  11. ^ a b "controller.controller Have Reunited And It Feels So Good". Noisey, January 8, 2015.
  12. ^ "L Communication: What's Up With Nirmala?". CBC Radio 3, May 20, 2009.
  13. ^ "controller.controller — Sneaky Dees, Toronto ON, February 13. Exclaim!, February 14, 2015.
  14. ^ "Toronto musicians band together to support Controller.Controller bassist Ronnie Morris’s stroke recovery". Chart Attack, Richard Trapunski - Sep 16, 2015

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