|Genres||Indie rock, dance-punk|
|Years active||2002–2006; 2015, 2017|
|Labels||Paper Bag Records
|Past members||Nirmala Basnayake
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.
Their debut album, History, was released on Paper Bag Records in 2004. The follow-up album, X-Amounts, was released October 11, 2005. Also in 2005, Basnayake participated in Ladeez Quire, an improvisational music show that also featured Sook-Yin Lee and Elisha Lim.
In October 2006 Basnayake decided to leave the band, and this resulted in its disbanding. Members Jeff Scheven and Ronnie Morris formed the new band Lioness with vocalist Vanessa Fischer in 2007, while Scott Kaija formed the new band Medallions with vocalist/guitarist John Hunter, drummer Mick Jackson and Daniel Brooks. Basnayake remained an occasional contributor to one-off musical projects, most notably Toronto band Stop Die Resuscitate's 2009 single "Measurements".
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. Shortly thereafter Morris suffered a disabling stroke.
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- "controller.controller Have Reunited And It Feels So Good". Noisey, January 8, 2015.
- "L Communication: What's Up With Nirmala?". CBC Radio 3, May 20, 2009.
- "controller.controller — Sneaky Dees, Toronto ON, February 13. Exclaim!, February 14, 2015.
- "Toronto musicians band together to support Controller.Controller bassist Ronnie Morris’s stroke recovery". Chart Attack, Richard Trapunski - Sep 16, 2015