Control Top sees right through your power trip on "Type A" - WXPN | Vinyl At Heart
Control Top | photo by Vince Guglielmo | courtesy of the artist

Post-punk trioControl Topcreates music with the goal of resisting conformity. And it works — their songs sound totally unlike most others. Over the last few years in the Philly DIY scene, the band has evolved into its own distinct sound while going through shifts in lineup before arriving at its currently tight configuration. Currently, Control Top is led by Ali Carter on vocals and bass, along with guitarist Al Creedon and drummer Alex Licktenhour — Ali, Al, and Alex, conveniently — and the band recently has been hard at work on its first full-length album, Covert Contracts.

While details on the release are still forthcoming, Control Top has shared a new single, “Type A.” Its energy is as urgent as the band’s driven punk sound calls for, and its lyrics are scathing in the best possible way: “I see right through your power trip / One loose screw and you will slip,” Carter sings with determination, “Who gave you the right to decide what’s right / Your false authority is dreadfully boring me.”

Listen to “Type A” below. Covert Contracts will be Control Top’s first release since their 2016 self-titled demo tape. The band is heading out on tour with Empath and will play Space 1026 on Wednesday, March 28 with Empath, Dark Thoughts and Ursula. They’ll also return to town for a show with Taiwan Housing Project and Preening at Everybody Hits on April 13, and will be part of this year’s Get Better Fest lineup on May 5. Find more information on all shows on the XPN Concert Calendar.

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