Covert Contracts

by CONTROL TOP

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about

Covert contracts rule our world: manipulative relationships, encoded social norms, opaque technologies. “With a covert contract, the trick is that the agreement is only known by the person who makes it,” says Ali Carter, singer and bassist of Philly post-punk trio Control Top. “The other person is oblivious. Consent is impossible. A void of communication opens up a world of misunderstanding.”

In an era of such impossibilities, Control Top—Carter with guitarist Al Creedon and drummer Alex Lichtenauer—rip open space for catharsis. Their explosive songs are a synthesis of varied interests and backgrounds: Carter’s innate sense of new wave melodies, Creedon’s sirening noise guitars, Lichtenauer’s feverish hardcore drumming.

On their debut full-length Covert Contracts, the songwriting is fully a collaboration of Carter and Creedon. Carter’s voice thumps and screams and deadpans while her driving, hooky basslines play out like guitar leads. Creedon, also the band’s engineer and producer, balances composition and chaos, equally inspired by pop and no-wave.

With her lyrics, Carter responds to feeling trapped and overwhelmed in a capitalist patriarchy, offering indictments of wrongdoing and abuse of power, odes to empathy and ego death, as well as declarations of self-determination.

These songs hit even harder when you consider how close this band came to not existing at all. Despite being involved in underground music communities for years, Carter didn’t start Control Top (her first band) until age 25. Disillusioned by punk, Creedon had all but abandoned guitar. But Control Top felt exciting, a chance to experiment: to rethink the relationship between guitar and bass and use samplers to add new dimensions. Meanwhile, Lichtenauer had quit playing drums after an abusive situation in a previous band that had ruined playing music for them, and joining Control Top was an opportunity for rebirth.

At once anthemic and chilling, Covert Contracts puts words to today’s unspoken anxieties. Brimming with post-punk poetry for 2019, it’s the sound of agency being reclaimed.

credits

released April 5, 2019

Covert Contracts was recorded and mixed in Philadelphia by Al Creedon (Priests, Pouty, Taiwan Housing Project) and Jeff Zeigler (Kurt Vile, The War On Drugs, Allison Crutchfield). The album was mastered by Emily Lazar.

CONTROL TOP is:
Ali Carter - bass/vocals
Al Creedon - guitar
Alex Lichtenauer - drums

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Track Name: Type A
Type A
Why do you have to be that way
Type A
There’s always something more to say
Type A
You always have to get your way
Why don’t you get out
Get out of my way

The thought of chaos worries you
Only your solution will do
I see right through your power trip
One loose screw and you will slip

Static vision
Cold precision
Manic control
Hands off my soul

Who gave you the right to decide what’s right
Your false authority is dreadful and boring me

The thought of chaos worries you
Only your solution will do
I see right through your power trip
One loose screw and you will slip

Type A
Why do you have to be that way
Type A
There’s always something more to say
Type A
You always have to get your way
Why don’t you get out
Get out of my way

You always have to get your way

The thought of chaos worries you
Only your solution will do
I see right through your power trip
One loose screw and you will slip
Track Name: Chain Reaction
Runaway chain reaction
Burning up satisfaction
Light the wick, pull the trigger
What started small is getting bigger

Ricochet downward spiral
One more word and it goes viral
Light the wick, pull the trigger
What started small is getting bigger

I'm looking for an open door
But all I see is a broken mirror

Do anything to prove you're right
Lose everything to win the fight
Light the wick, pull the trigger
What started small is getting bigger

No one likes to take the blame
In the end, we're all the same
Light the wick, pull the trigger
What started small is getting bigger

I'm looking for an open door
But all I see is a broken mirror
I can't take it anymore
I wish I could disappear

Runaway chain reaction
Burning up satisfaction
Light the wick, pull the trigger
What started small is getting bigger

I'm looking for an open door
But all I see is a broken mirror
I can't take it anymore
I wish I could disappear
Track Name: Covert Contracts
Paralyzed by endless information
Too consumed to have imagination
Non consensual infatuation
Scrolling on and on until sedation

Covert contracts
I can’t relax

Everything looks like a commercial
It’s a brand to be controversial

First step is to give up your attention
Next step is to give up your intention
Then one day you’re locked up for dissension
It was all built into the invention

Covert contracts
I can’t relax

Everything looks like a commercial
It’s a brand to be controversial

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