Control Top “Covert Contracts” 

LP - $14.00
STREET DATE - 4/5/19
CAT #: GBR085
LABEL: Get Better

Appearing in various forms in the Philly DIY music scene since 2015, the post-punk trio Control Top is a tribute to persistence and evolving through doing. Amid periods of dormancy, stylistic forays and lineup changes, singer/bassist and founding member Ali Carter was determined to keep the project going after the release of the band's demo tape. In 2017, she recruited drummer Alex Lichtenauer (HIRS, Get Better Records) and guitarist Al Creedon (Bleeding Rainbow, I IM EYE MY). Lichtenauer was searching for a new project to get involved in, while Creedon was rediscovering electric guitar after years of playing noise and electronic music. Together, they forged a clear identity, blending diverse tastes to create music for a time beyond despair and naïveté. Covert Contracts--their debut full-length recorded, produced and mixed by Creedon--will be out in 2019.

That’s the thing with post-punk. There’s so much a band can do under its umbrella. The Slits and Devo, Glenn Branca and Siouxsie and the Banshees--these artists are all wildly different yet found a home in a genre that resists definition. Control Top gets inspiration from these wide-ranging pioneers yet remains true to the post-punk ethos of anti-imitation and the drive to create a new remedy to modern ills. The urge to resist conformity is stronger than ever, and the need for urgent, relevant music is just as strong.

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

Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Liars, Sonic Youth, Nirvana, DEVO, B-52s, The Slits


  • Full U.S. Tour Schedules for March/April

  • Recorded and mixed by Al Creedon (Priests, Pouty, Taiwan Housing Project) and Jeff Zeigler (Kurt Vile, The War On Drugs, Allison Crutchfield)

  • Mastered by Grammy Award winning mastering engineer Emily Lazar


  • “Two and a half minutes of the most feverish and cathartic music we’ve heard all year.” - Stereogum (40 Best New Bands of 2018)

  • “‘Type A’ keeps a tight grip on a tumult constantly threatening to overflow.” - Pitchfork

  • “A pulsing bit of knotted discord.” - Stereogum

  • “Its energy is as urgent as the band’s driven punk sound calls for, and its lyrics are scathing in the best possible way.” - The Key

  • “Rooted in sturdy, minimal post-punk and heavier noise rock.” - Brooklyn Vegan

  • “Anything but dull.” - Pitchfork


LP - 657664975160

LP - 657664975160