Total Control flyer

If you’re looking for a recommendation or a reason to head to Memphis this summer, look no further than the show this Tuesday May 28th at Murphy’s. Total Control. UV Race. Parquet Courts. Sharp Balloons. All for $10 bucks. What the fuck.

I don’t have a problem admitting that Total Control are my favorite current band. If they aren’t one of yours, you’re fucking up. On record they are untouchable.  Live they are on another level. A different universe. Same goes for UV Race, and so it’s no wonder the bands share members. Talk about a powerhouse group of friends.  Find a way to get to Memphis on Tuesday, it’ll be worth it. Read on after the jump for a quote from DX taken from an interview I did with him in 2011.

Tuesday, May 28
:: Total Control
:::: UV Race
:::::: Parquet Courts
:::::::: Sharp Balloons
@ Murphy’s [Memphis]
$10 – 18+ – 9PM
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What were you thinking about when you wrote the lyrics for the song CARPET RASH specifically the line “drinking detergent and licking the walls”?

“With this band I was trying to write lyrics that were a bit more abstract. The hardcore lyrics I wrote were always a psychological depiction of people I hated or things I hated about myself. Having done Straightjacket Nation for six years I wrote so many songs about people I hated, so I was ready to have a different expression. I decided to approach lyrics differently with Total Control. A lot of the lyrics are motivated by shit that I dreamed about or short stories that I wrote that didn’t quite work. The week I wrote that song I read three Phillip K Dick Books and I was probably getting high a lot as well. Later on I was at Mikey’s house and he showed me a basic demo of a new song he had and I was thinking about this weird futuristic sex dream. It was basically about a guy trying to make it with a robot in all these different situations. I guess that song is about being really disappointed with the future. In the 80’s there was a show in Australia called BEYOND 2000 and every week it would show you what we’d be capable of doing in the future. It was all crap and I remember being young and thinking ‘shits gonna be so fucking cool,’ but then when we get here the future is just more terrifying instances of what we have now. In between the 50’s and 2001, American culture was always about how the future is going to be fucking great. But then 9/11 happened and the myth of a great future disappeared. At the time I was pretty deep into utopian and anarchist communist politics, and then when 9/11 happened I just totally lost all sense of the future. So basically that song is about a guy who got a robot to have sex with but it turns out he’s not enjoying it at all.” -Daniel Stewart.

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