Watch Total Control perform live from the Sydney Opera House

A rare and wide-ranging performance from the Melbourne post-punks

The Sydney Opera House has shared a full concert video of cult Melbourne post-punks Total Control performing at the iconic venue back in 2018.

The performance was part of that year’s Vivid Festival lineup, following an appearance by the band one year earlier on the Sydney Opera House Forecourt for Repressed Records’ 15th anniversary celebration show. Watch Total Control’s performance below:


Backed by a mini orchestra of violin, clarinet and two saxophones, the rare live performance draws widely from across the band’s back catalogue.

Generously pulling from debut studio album ‘Henge Beat’ along with its follow-up, 2014’s ‘Typical System’, the set includes favourites like ‘Flesh War’, ‘Glass’, ‘Expensive Dog’, ‘Carpet Rash’ and ‘Retiree’. It also features a couple of tracks from most recent album ‘Laughing at the System’ and a handful of standalone singles such as ‘Paranoid Video’.

Since releasing ‘Laughing at the System’ back in 2017, Total Control have been relatively quiet, with all members performing in an array of other projects. Earlier this year, they contributed a remix of ‘Dream Machine’ by Sydney’s Low Life on the latter’s ‘Catholic Guilt’ single.

For their rendition, Total Control transformed the original – a scuzzy post-punk belter taken from Low Life’s 2017 debut ‘Dogging’ – into a slick, minimal synth number.

Funnily enough, Low Life recently graced the Sydney Opera House stage themselves, performing a live-streamed set as part of the venue’s digital programming back in May.