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Album Review

Although it sees Toronto's Controller.Controller entering the already clotted disco-punk market a little bit later than is fashionable, History is nevertheless one of the worthier debuts to emerge from the second wave of no wave revivalists. Led by vocalist Nirmala Basnayake — who spikes her natural mid-range with just the right amount of Ari Up — and the requisite front line of juddering guitars, the quintet weave together a six-song set that delivers on anxious atmospherics and strong hooks in equal measure. As on standouts "History" and "Silent Seven," the band demonstrate a knack for blending late- '70s- era call-and-response guitar interplay with the brittle drum sounds of early electronic music; while the end result isn't anything particularly fresh sounding, its infused with enough energy, craft and high drama to make it well-worth recommending.


Formed: 2002 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

This Toronto-area band formed in the fall of 2002 when guitarist Ronnie Morris was seeking members for a group. From there, drummer Jeff Scheven and Colwyn Llewellyn-Thomas joined. After deciding to add a second guitarist, the group added Scott Kaija, and Morris moved to bass. But the group took shape when lead singer Nirmala Basnayake, a friend who hung out at the band's early jam sessions, joined. Basnayake's Debbie Harry-like vocals went over well during the group's shows in Toronto in the early...
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