Band of the Week: Control This



Welcome to Orlando Weekly's "Band of the Week." Every week, we highlight one of our favorite local bands. This week, we're pleased to bring you Control This.

Control This are playing Oct. 28 at Sloppy Taco Palace.

Just the facts:

Who's in the band?
Current members are Jeff Richey (lead vocals & sax), Jake Jones (backing vocals & guitar), Lucas Scarpelli (drums), Todd Elliot (bass), Austin Kelly (backing vocals & trumpet) and Andy Smith (backing vocals & trombone)

When did the band form?
March 2012

Currently available releases:


Describe your sound in five words:
Ska, reggae, rocksteady, 2-tone, jazz

Six questions:

What has been your most memorable show so far?
It's a tie between backing Keith & Tex (Stop that Train) at the Social last December and opening for Desorden Publico (Venezuela) at The Abbey this past July. Two legendary groups in our scene.

Which local band is your favorite one to play a show with?
We love playing with all the ska and punk bands here in town, but we've probably had the most good times with YugoSkavia & Caffiends.

What description gets used for your band that you would most
like to correct people on? Why?
Not really our band in particular, but ska bands in general get stereotyped as checkered pants wearing juveniles that can't play their instruments. We're here to show that Jamaican ska, particularly the old school sound was thought provoking and showed top musicianship. We want to carry that torch and then some.

What’s your favorite thing about being an Orlando band? Why?
How the music scene is so close knit. Everybody knows everybody, from the bands, to the promoters, to the sound engineers, to the bartenders, door persons, owners, etc. They all understand we are all in this together. And the fans really feel close to their favorite bands, it's a genuine sense of community.

What’s your least favorite?
I dislike how outside promoters and promoting conglomerates not from Orlando are preying on local bands still, by continuing the practice of pay-to-play at many venues across the area.

Any big news to share?
We are pleased to announce that we will be re-releasing our debut album featuring bonus tracks later this year, as well as begining the process of writing and recording our next record this fall!

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