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album: Covert Contracts - Control Top

album: Covert Contracts - Control Top

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In case you’ve missed it, we’re all essentially living in hell. Thankfully, if you’ve tired of screaming into void about the day’s headlines, Control Top’s latest album provides a brief respite from the darkness. Covert Contracts is enraged, vengeful, and destructive; it’s here to tear apart everything, and then put it all back together again, leaving you just a touch stronger in the process.

Covert Contracts has every intention of encouraging you to embrace your innermost needs and desires. It’s relentless in its energy and emotion, beginning with a thunderous explosion that laments “Type A” personalities to a spat out direction of “Eat shit” aimed at humdrum jobs that require “more work for less pay.” The band is unapologetic (literally, there’s even a song named “Unapologetic”) in its presentation of furious post-punk. Additional highlights on the album include the title track’s exploration into society’s consumption of “endless information,” which rattles about your brain with a speed that rivals our fastest social media scroll, while “Black Hole” arrives at the conclusion that maybe every problem we’re encountering is one that we’ve created. And though we’ve yet to arrive at the other side of our current hellscape, Control Top leaves an impactful message behind for one to consider, challenging that maybe we should begin with ourselves; as “Prism” declares, “A prism is not a prison/ You can be many things  /And still be whole.”

If you’re stuck on where to go next, Covert Contracts might just provide the answers.

Toon Tunes: Aggretsuko

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photos: The Paranoyds, Monsterwatch, and Tourist Activities at Belltown Yacht Club

photos: The Paranoyds, Monsterwatch, and Tourist Activities at Belltown Yacht Club