CONTROL OF THE GOING – ” I Love You But It’s Going To Rain “

Posted: February 23, 2018 in ALBUMS, MUSIC
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The debut album by Manchester psychedelic rock & roll 6-piece, Control Of The Going. “I Love You, But It’s Going To Rain” is the majestically-titled debut album from Control Of The Going, a band that’s blossomed from the slightly awkward kids that you’d see at every vaguely psychedelic gig in town to one of the leading lights in that very scene that they belonged to. They’ve naturally spread their wings further afield as this record demonstrates, its real power and beauty in the way they’ve taken their influences, span them round, put their own twist on them and made something so ambitious, widescreen yet still peculiarly (Greater) Mancunian in its impact. The rumbling guitars that usher in opening track War Crime give way to pulsating drums, but quickly come back to reclaim their crown. One of the most immediate observations with the album is the amount of space that producer Dean Glover affords these songs, no mean feat given that there’s six of Control Of The Going in action. Liam half sings, half drawls through the chorus, one part dark Californian, one part resembling Ride’s earliest work. As we’ll discover listening further, they never stand still at any point on this record.

Star is a real juxtaposition, guitars deep in the mix, jangling away menacingly with an imminent threat of blowing you away, with deliciously layered vocals in the forefront as Liam breathlessly asks the question “why won’t you be my star tonight?” before almost channeling another famous Liam from these parts as he enunciates the star in the question with increasing intensity. The band then take the song away from him, off into a whirlpool of guitars that feel like they’ve blindfolded you and turning you round and round until you’re dizzy with the impact.

Sell Your Soul also starts with Liam centre stage, with the slow build behind him alluding to what’s to come, but here the guitars have a longing metallic edge to them that feels so far removed from their roots. This is of course what makes Control Of The Going unique from their contemporaries, there’s no attempt here to overpower the listener, to blast them away with a wall of noise that them being a six-piece would feel like a logical approach. Subtlety is the key here, both in the playing and the production that affords each member the oxygen to allow the songs to breathe




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