Control Top | still from video
Control Top wants you to quit your job, today, in the “Office Rage” video
Philly trio Control Top has had an exceptionally busy year since the spring release of their Covert Contracts LP on Get Better Records. They’ve been on the road near-constantly with the likes of Ted Leo and Titus Andronicus, and while we imagine all the time away from home has been taxing on vocalist Ali Carter, guitarist Al Creedon, and drummer Alex Licktenhour, it’s got to be miles better than the demoralizing, dehumanizing drudgery of an office 9-to-5.
Their song “Office Rage,” a standout on Covert Contracts, is a takedown of corporate culture from a lived-in perspective, and in its new Scott Stuckey-directed music video, we see Control Top playing the song in monochromatic business attire, flashing between a white-on-black and a black-on-white color scheme.
There are lots of fast sweeps and quick zooms back and forth into Carter’s face and Licktenhour’s drums, creating a dizzying, disorienting effect not unlike the music video for “March of the Pigs” by Nine Inch Nails. As the video progresses, we see the band in a different setting, awash in more vibrant hues and punk-ish attire.
“In a society driven by profits over people, it’s increasingly rebellious to say, ‘My well-being matters.’ … Many jobs require us to show up as someone completely different than ourselves, which can feel very alienating. We’re told to be grateful to have a job, even if we’re miserable.”
Watch the “Office Rage” video and pump your fist when Carter screams “Quit your job today.” The band’s continuing fall tour involves dates with The Coathangers, Screaming Females, and more — check the dates in the flyer below. Covert Contracts is available now via Get Better Records.