Total Control (band)

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Total Control
Total Control in 2019
Total Control in 2019
Background information
OriginMelbourne, Australia
GenresPost-punk, garage rock, new wave, indie rock
Years active2008–present
LabelsFuse, Iron Lung, Sub Pop

Total Control is an Australian post-punk band that formed in Melbourne, Australia in 2008. The band's line-up includes Mikey Young (guitar, keyboards), Dan Stewart (vocals), Al Montfort (guitar), Zephyr Pavey (bass), and James Vinciguerra (drums). After a series of singles, the band's debut album, Henge Beat, was released in August 2011. Their second album, Typical System, was released in June 2014.


Total Control was formed in 2008 by Eddy Current Suppression Ring band member Mikey Young and UV Race's Dan Stewart. The pair, who came together over a shared interest of early 1980s acts such as Devo, Gary Numan, The Screamers, and The Adolescents, recorded some songs using a sampler and synthesizers at Young's home studio. They gained a following over the next few years after releasing a series of 7-inch singles and playing only a handful of live shows.[1][2][3] Total Control became a quintet with the additions of guitarist Al Montfort, bassist Zephyr Pavey, and drummer James Vinciguerra. Young explained the reason for the expansion to The Washington Post: "Bands with drum machines and three synths are just not as much fun to watch as bands with drummers and guitars," he said. "We realized it couldn't be good live, so we tried to adapt the songs to work in a rock-and-roll band."[1]

The band released their debut full-length album, Henge Beat, in August 2011 on Seattle's Iron Lung Records. They went on a US tour with San Francisco-based band Thee Oh Sees, with whom they also released a split EP, and performed at the All Tomorrow's Parties music festival in Minehead, Somerset in December 2011.[3][4] The single "Scene From a Marriage" was released by Sub Pop in October 2012.[5] The group released their second album, Typical System, in June 2014.[6][7]


Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details
Henge Beat
Typical System
  • Released: 24 June 2014
  • Label: Iron Lung Records
  • Format: LP, CD, digital download
Laughing At The System
  • Released: 8 December 2017
  • Label: Alter Records
  • Format: LP, CD, digital download

7" singles[edit]

  • "Stare Way"/"Meds"/"Total Control"/"Full Moon" - Aarght! Records (2008)
  • "Retiree"/"Meds II" - Iron Lung Records (2009)
  • "Paranoid Video"/"Real Estate" - Smartguy Records (2010)
  • "Pyre Island"/"Mineshaft" - Hustle Muscle (2011)
  • "Scene From A Marriage"/"Contract" - Sub Pop (2012)


  • 7"s (collects tracks from first four 7"s) - Blinded Records (2013)


  • Thee Oh Sees/Total Control [split EP] - Castle Face (2011)
  • Carpet Rash - Home Loan Records (2012)

Awards and nominations[edit]

AIR Awards[edit]

The Australian Independent Record Awards (commonly known informally as AIR Awards) is an annual awards night to recognise, promote and celebrate the success of Australia's Independent Music sector.

Year Nominee / work Award Result
AIR Awards of 2014[8][9] Typical System Best Independent Album Nominated

Australian Music Prize[edit]

The Australian Music Prize (the AMP) is an annual award of $30,000 given to an Australian band or solo artist in recognition of the merit of an album released during the year of award. The commenced in 2005.

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2014[10] Typical System Australian Music Prize Nominated

J Award[edit]

The J Awards are an annual series of Australian music awards that were established by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's youth-focused radio station Triple J. They commenced in 2005.

Year Nominee / work Award Result
J Awards of 2014[11] Typical System Australian Album of the Year Nominated

Music Victoria Awards[edit]

The Music Victoria Awards, are an annual awards night celebrating Victorian music. They commenced in 2005.[12][13]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2014 Typical System Best Album Nominated
themselves Best Band Nominated
"Flesh War" Best Song Nominated
2016 Al Montfort Best Male Artist Nominated


  1. ^ a b Leitko, Aaron (23 May 2013). "Total Control's Mikey Young finds inspiration in all the right places". The Washington Post. Retrieved 12 April 2014.
  2. ^ Thomas, Fred. "Total Control - Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 12 April 2014.
  3. ^ a b Leitko, Aaron (8 December 2011). "Fear & Mythologies: An Interview With Total Control". The Quietus. Retrieved 12 April 2014.
  4. ^ Bort, Ryan (11 January 2012). "Song of the Day: Total Control - 'One More Tonight'". KEXP-FM. Retrieved 12 April 2014.
  5. ^ Fitzmaurice, Larry (1 October 2012). "Tracks: Total Control - 'Scene From a Marriage'". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 12 April 2014.
  6. ^ Hughes, Josiah (10 April 2014). "Total Control Return with 'Typical System'". Exclaim!. Retrieved 12 April 2014.
  7. ^ Pearis, Bill (9 April 2014). "Total Control ready 'Typical System' for June (stream a track); Lace Curtain released third EP". BrooklynVegan. Retrieved 12 April 2014.
  8. ^ "CARLTON DRY AIR AWARDS 2014 NOMINEES ANNOUNCED". speaker tv. September 2014. Retrieved 20 August 2020.
  9. ^ "History Wins". Australian Independent Record Labels Association. Retrieved 18 August 2020.
  10. ^ "Winners & Shortlists". australian music prize. Retrieved 22 August 2020.
  11. ^ "The J Award 2014". Triple J. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 2014. Retrieved 15 August 2020.
  12. ^ "Previous Nominess". Music Victoria. Retrieved 13 August 2020.
  13. ^ "Previous Winners". Music Victoria. Retrieved 13 August 2020.