credit: Kevin Spaghetti
The Philly post-punk trio Control Top is a tribute to persistence and evolving through doing. Amid periods of dormancy, stylistic forays and lineup changes, singer/bassist and founding member Ali Carter was determined to keep the project going after the release of the band's demo tape in 2015. In 2017, she recruited guitarist Al Creedon (Bleeding Rainbow, I IM EYE MY) and drummer Alex Lichtenauer (HIRS, Get Better Records). Creedon was rediscovering electric guitar after years of playing noise and electronic music, and Lichtenauer was looking to get involved in a new project. Together, they forged a clear identity, blending diverse tastes to create music for a time beyond despair and naïveté. Covert Contracts, their debut full-length, is out this year. Following SXSW, they join Laura Jane Grace & the Devouring Mothers and Mercy Union for a six-week tour of US and Canada.
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