Anyone within earshot of my person over the past week has heard me not shut up about the release of Total Control's Typical System
, which is both phenomenal and dropping here in the States on June 24 via Iron Lung Records. The Melbourne band broke through with the sometimes-erratic, mostly dark Henge Beat
in 2011—there were plenty of singles prior—and have only sharpened their ominous aesthetic to be more unstoppable. A prime example is "Flesh War," which, coincidentally, is today's 12 O'Clock Track
. More than just a hat tip to a sparse-but-catchy 80s sound of artists like Gary Numan, the track features a simple medium-paced rhythm, soft synth washes, and deadpan vocals with just the right touch of reverb and an air of disenchantment. And the chorus is damn near perfect.