Control Top calls for understanding and self-awareness on new single “One Good Day”
Control Top, the local post-punk trio of Ali Carter, Al Creedon, and Alex Lichtenauer, is back with a new single, “One Good Day.” It’s the band’s first new music since they released their debut album Covert Contracts last year, and it couldn’t have come at a better time.
“One Good Day” speaks to the uncertainty of the world we’re in, its upbeat melody grounded by the gravity of the drums. According to Carter, the song’s about “facing your flaws to become a better person for yourself and the people around you, getting outside of yourself to realize everyone has their own struggles and are doing the best they can, and above all trying to help each other even if what we do is imperfect.”
This song feels especially relevant right now. We’re in the midst of an unprecedented public health crisis with the coronavirus outbreak. Our lives have been completely suspended. We are forced to consider not only how we affect others but also how others affect us. In no uncertain terms, we see how much we depend on each other every day to survive. Workers in hospitals, pharmacies, groceries, waste management and more are working tirelessly to provide for their communities. The choice to self-quarantine is an act of self-protection as well as an act of kindness toward others who would be endangered by the disease.
People can’t go to work or leave their homes. All we can do is try to keep calm and make the best of this situation. What have we been missing due to the constant motion of our daily lives that we can return to in this period of stillness? Connection with friends and loved ones? Activities that make us happy? Deep spiritual reflection? How can we bring balance to this bleak landscape? Perhaps we take a cue from the people of Italy currently under lockdown, singing from their balconies to share a moment of joy in a moment of anxiety.
Control Top’s upcoming tour dates are currently in the process of being rescheduled for later this year. Stay tuned to the band’s Facebook page for updates, and listen to the new track below.