Control’s Top Ten | Quotes of 2016

The Drones by Savannah van der Niet

A collection of some of our favourite quotes from Control interviews over the past year. Have a read of last year’s here


Gareth Liddiard, The Drones

“It’s not personal, no one gives a fuck. I thought I had this mad riff going on at one point when we were recording and I said to Dan, “What about this, man, this is pretty fucking sick” and he was like, “Nah, it sounds like fucking ‘Layla’” (that Eric Clapton song), and I was like, “Oh yeah, it does, it’s awful”. I would have had a tantrum ten years ago.”



Brent DeBoer, The Dandy Warhols

“Bowie invited us to come on stage with him and when we got up there, he announced that the last time he had invited someone up on stage at one of his concerts was Lou Reed in 1977 and they played ‘White Light/White Heat’ and this was the second time ever. So we felt pretty special at that moment.


Faris Badwan, The Horrors / Cat’s Eyes

“Although it takes a lot of planning, the Vatican and Buckingham Palace (performances) were probably two of the most fun experiences of my life. Buckingham Palace was so intensely weird and even on the day, it was a lot weirder than the video showed and the video’s weird. It’s something people don’t think to do or don’t want to try – I guess there’s a lot of risk involved which is cool. It keeps things entertaining, you don’t really know what’s going to happen which I appreciate. I get bored very easily.”



Kirin J Callinan

“There’s a certain expectation of a timeline and how quickly you should turn something around and generally speaking, the quicker you can put out new music and keep it fresh and exciting, the more successful you’ll be but that’s not really how it works. I’m feeling good, I’m feeling excited and I’ve got the momentum again. The record is beautiful and absurd and ugly. Ugly and really goofy as well. I’m kind of goofy and have an ugliness and have an absurdity but they’re redeeming features, that’s humanity.”



Chaz Bundick aka Toro Y Moi

“I feel like being creative is a great outlet for how you feel and it helps you change and let go of things. I don’t really write in a journal, you know. I feel like making music is kind of my favourite of all creative types, I think it’s something I’m just always going to be doing.”


Jack Tatum aka Wild Nothing

“The first show I ever saw, I must have been about five or six, my parents took me to an R.E.M concert which was pretty cool. Apparently my first favourite song I ever had was ‘Losing My Religion’ by R.E.M which is a weird song to like when you’re five years old.”


Elizabeth Mitchell, Totally Mild

“I did singing lessons for a while as well but when I was ten, this boy told me that my nostrils flared when I sang so I just didn’t sing for like five years. I still think about it sometimes, it’s so stupid”.



Julia Kugel, The Coathangers

“It’s a metaphor for paying your karmic dues. The title really is about getting what’s coming to you, perhaps getting punched in the face for being a dick. Moral of the story: don’t be a dick!”



Jon George, RÜFÜS

“There’s this feeling throughout the record of a push and pull feeling of coming home or waiting to come home and missing friends and family and joining back up with them again. I think that really took a place on the album. Secondly, being in Berlin, we saw so much music there, we were going out a lot. We were writing way more than we were going out, but it was just easy to walk down the road to Watergate or Berghain and just a few cheeky hours on the dance floor and have a couple of beers and relax then be inspired and go back to writing when we got back to our apartment. I think the sonics of the album are reflective of that, it turns into the memories, production and the sonics that we’re writing.”


Jordan Thompson, The Ocean Party

“I guess it depends on what you mean by sanity. After about three hours in the car, that starts slipping away a bit…there’s an absence of rational conversation”.