Let us introduce you to Leicester’s best kept secret, Free Control. God knows why it’s a secret, as they’re brilliant! With smooth hints of Morcheeba and early Massive Attack you get the feeling that this five piece did a lot of soul searching (or acid) in the nineties. The Balloon may not be a new release but is definitely worth praise and a mention here, with the tender vocals from Sally Hossack and fleeting repeating riffs from Greg Shute on the track it makes for good listening.
A friend of mine turned me on to them after he went to their last gig at the Donkey with fellow Leicester group Dumbfound and after a listen I was conscripted to the Free Control army, an army it seems with a loyal and strong fan base. This group deserves to be on top in my opinion and am going to be scouting the web and the Monograph gig-guide (plugging much?) for their next set.
I do know that they will be at this years hotly awaited Summer Sundae Fringe Festival so if you get a chance please go and check them out. They are also playing the Independent Arts Centre on Humberstone Gate on the 12th August, details of their myspace. If your not lucky enough to have tickets, fear not as there is an inaugural Free Control album on its way so we will keep you posted for news on that.