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The Control

The Control: GlasseyeGlasseye (2003)
Go Kart Records

Reviewer Rating: 2


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A great blend of hardcore has been coming out of Buffalo, New York's scene the past few years, but I truly wish The Control had a legacy I could add to that list. The formula looks great on paper. Cathartic yells reminiscent of Sick Of It All keep the tempo going over rawly-produced old-school i.
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A great blend of hardcore has been coming out of Buffalo, New York's scene the past few years, but I truly wish The Control had a legacy I could add to that list.

The formula looks great on paper. Cathartic yells reminiscent of Sick Of It All keep the tempo going over rawly-produced old-school influenced hardcore punk ¡ la Kill Your Idols, and it's all held by lyrics that condemn the newest approach of constricting conformity and publicizing privacy. The theme is even utilized nicely by the grungy layout, sporting three-piece suits and lists of phone numbers. Too bad the band can't completely pull it off right.

To put it simply, the disc just doesn't keep my attention. Even with songs that never break the three-minute mark, and only ten tracks overall, there are several points which remind me of the five-minute instrumental track, "(And It's Sometimes Like It Will Never End)," that closed Give Up the Ghost's last album. It's not just the occasional instrumental either, but the vocal indecipherability that, perhaps, keeps the music distanced from me.

"Autofocus" is by far the best track, showing The Control in best form where the chorus's chant of "We're zooming in! And out! In! Out! In! Out! In in in in out out out out out!" puts forth a ridiculous ability to showcase catchy hardcore at its finest. No other track even comes close.

After three EPs, the band broke up last September. This full-length was released a few weeks later, but it's unfortunate that they were never able to take the great style they had and manipulate it to the point where it was actually interesting in more than one song. We can only hope the members go onto greater things.

 


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PetroBPettson (January 27, 2004)

You're sick of the drama? That's pretty funny considering your willingness to continue it. I am not trying to sound schooled, I am typing how I talk. I'm not trying to come off as anything but myself. Third, I never dicouraged the kid from being in a band. In fact, I believe I told him to keep it up. I just gave my criticism and said they'd likely evolve into something really good. Wow, I'm an asshole! I'm gonna give my opinion on this site, positive or negative, and no anonymous pussy is gonna stop me. In closing, I'd like to say fun arguing with you. I know this is probably the end of it though, you know, because you "hate drama" and all that jazz. Now if you'll excuse me, I'd like to listen to my Functional Blackouts lp I just got in the mail.

Anonymous (January 26, 2004)

its not ultrasensitivity or "PC" cullshit. you don't need to be obnoxious. discussions on this site are just for the fuck of it... you can state your opinions in an informative, less offensive manner.
you have no credibility or integrity to lose, anywhere... this is an online forum... i don't know who the fuck you are. i don't care.
i just come here to see what kids are saying about music. musical taste can be a sensitive, personal issue... you may enjoy my music, i may enjoy yours, but disagreement is not an invitation for name calling. you are trying to sound schooled, and you are not pulling it off.
if that kid is young, why discourage him from having a band? making music is a fulfilling experience. if you don't like the music, don't comment. if no one comments, the kid should be fucking smart enough to get the picture. no one should go out of their way to annoy anyone else... that is fucking bullshit. if you find it fun, then you are fucked up.

and this kid should not post anything about his band on here, ever again. i'm sick of the drama, bitch.

PetroBPettson (January 26, 2004)

Hey, if they didn't want my honest opinion, than they wouldn't put "visit www.blacktiebombers.com" on every review comment section on this site. Obviously they wanted people to listen to their mp3's and tell people what they think. It's even in a section of the site FOR THE CRITIQUE OF MUSIC!!! I listened to the mp3's and gave my honest opinion. Just because I don't like a lot of bands and styles, and it shows through in my writing(like it should, otherwise I'd lose my integrity), every neo-hippy emo whiner has to say I'm an out of line asshole. Well, I am an asshole, that I admit, but I am not out of line in the least. Since when did "punk rock" and it's spinoffs and influences become a hug circle where we keep our negative opinions to themselves? Fuck that ultra-sensitive PC bullshit! Besides, I didn't really say anything THAT scathing, and even dropped some of my rare compliments, but only where warrented. I said they play well, and I said their singer had a decent voice. Not that I'll lose sleep because some non-registered anonymous fuck thinks I'm mean......and yes, I am a scenester, this is a "scene", and I'm part of it!

Anonymous (January 25, 2004)

petro is bullshit. this guy has too much time on his hands.
if you love making music, you will make the music that satisfies your heart, and disregard all comments made by ignorant online scenesters.

PetroBPettson (January 21, 2004)

So, I went to your website where nothing works. You also have two links to the Rancid website, you must really like 'em. Anyway, your band was a better than I expected AFI wannabe band, at least the song I heard. But I hate AFI, so though I think you are tight and have promise, I also think you suck a little. The song I heard definatly is not "punk rock at it's best", unless being a generic AFI/Rancid worshiping band is "it's best". Also, "I feel for you" is not a very good lyric, as it reminds me of all things emo, but I have a feeling you guys are only about 16, and probably live in a small town, so your influences are bound to be limited to what you can find at the closest Hot Topic. But we all start out somewhere, right?. Good news is, you're young(well I assume and hope), and if you keep with it, you'll only discover real music down the line. You have playing and songwriting skills(unless that's a cover, because it sounded familiar), and I'm sure lots of energy live. Also, I like the singing on the verses way better than the choruses, and I hate the trendy backup vocals. Singer, you have some snot to your voice, and that's a good sign that, with the right influences, you could front a phenominal band once all your bandmates file off tho college. Bottom line, trendy, semi-generic, yet energetic mall punk with promise of rocknroll greatness.

Anonymous (January 21, 2004)

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Anonymous (January 21, 2004)

I had an opportunity to see this band before they broke up, and i must say that their live show was amazing. these guys were sick. the whole place would go nuts when they played.

Anonymous (January 20, 2004)

Oh man, I absolutely loved this band, and I think this album is very good. Fucking catchy as hell hardcore punk played fast and intense and fun. I mean, in a hardcore scene loaded with bands trying to sound like Youth of Today clones, Cro-Mags clones, or a combination of the two, it was refreshing that a band like The Control could put a different take on hardcore not seen that often. This is one of my favorite albums of 2003, and it was sad seeing them break up last year, especially being at their last show where they only played three songs before the police chased everyone away.

Anonymous (January 20, 2004)

Their song on the GoKart comp was pretty cool...

inagreendase (January 20, 2004)

Just read it; pretty funny if not bordering on pretension. It's definitely not grindcore though.

PetroBPettson (January 20, 2004)

The review of this on Now Wave's site made me laugh my ass off!

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