Control Top – “Chain Reaction”

Last year, the Philadelphia-based band Control Top released only one song, “Type A,” but it was kickass enough to land them on our list of 40 Best New Bands Of 2018. The group put out their first demo tape in 2016, with Ali Carter at its helm, but in the last year and change they’ve rejiggered the lineup to include guitarist Al Creedon and drummer Alex Lichtenauer. That fearsome trio recorded the band’s debut full-length, Covert Contracts, which is out in April.

The new track they’re sharing from it today, “Chain Reaction,” is all fiery rage and crawling fury, bashing drums cut through with peeling guitars. “No one likes to take the blame/ In the end, we’re all the same,” Carter screams. “Light the wick, pull the trigger/ What started small is getting bigger.”

“The song takes place in the middle of an argument,” Carter explains in a press release. “Vitriol is flying and emotions are running high. With our culture’s growing appetite for anger and conflict, a petty disagreement can easily escalate into a full-out shouting match.”

Listen below.

01 “Type A”
02 “Office Rage”
03 “Chain Reaction”
04 “Unapologetic”
05 “Straight Jackets”
06 “Covert Contracts”
07 “Betrayed”
08 “Ego Deaf”
09 “Traffic”
10 “Prism”
11 “Black Hole”

03/13-15 Austin, TX @ SXSW
03/16 Houston, TX @ The Studio at Warehouse Live
03/17 Dallas, TX @ Kessler Theater
03/19 Sante Fe, NM @ Meow Wolf
03/21 Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar
03/22 Tustin, CA @ Marty’s On Newport
03/23 Hollywood, CA @ Troubadour
03/24 San Francisco, CA @ Bottom Of The Hill
03/26 Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
03/27 Vancouver, BC @ Venue Nightclub
03/28 Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
03/30 Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro Music Hall
04/01 Denver, CO @ The Marquis Theatre
04/02 Omaha, NE @ O’Leaver’s
04/03 Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room
04/04 St. Louis, MO @ Old Rock House
04/05 Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave Bar
04/06 Madison, WI @ Majestic Theatre
04/07 St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club
04/09 East Moline, IL @ The Rust Belt
04/10 Newport, KY @ Thompson House
04/11 Pittsburgh, PA @ Spirit Pittsburgh
04/12 Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern
04/13 Montreal, QC @ Les Foufounes Electriques
04/15 Buffalo, NY @ Rec Room
04/16 Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
04/18 New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
04/19 Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts
04/20 Asbury Park, NJ @ House of Independents
04/21 Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
04/23 Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel
04/25 Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
04/26 Asheville, NC @ The Mothlight
04/27 Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
04/28 Nashville, TN @ The Basement East

Covert Contracts is out 4/5 via Get Better Records. Pre-order it here.

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