Based in Los Angeles, CA, The Controversy is a collaborative artist project started by Laura Vall (lead vocals, keyboards) and Thomas Hjorth (guitars, vocals). After completing their second album, “Don’t Count On Me,” Amy White (M83, West Indian Girl), joined the band as additional keyboardist and vocalist.
Influenced by artists like David Bowie, St Vincent, Radiohead, and Massive Attack, The Controversy’s music has been described as a “seamless mash up of electronica with psychedelic rock; infectious pop songs which merge the melodies of 80s Depeche Mode and OMD, with a touch of The Knife and Metronomy.” The band has toured the west coast of the United States as well as Europe, where they were recently featured in the acclaimed Spanish newspaper, El Periódico.
The Controversy’s latest album, “Don’t Count On Me,” has been named an “electronic art-pop masterpiece” by FourCulture Magazine. Their single “Two Voices” was featured as KCRW’s Today’s Top Tune, and U&I Magazine named “Queen of Chinatown” #1 Single of the Year. Bandcamp describes the album as “moody pop music that’s turning heads.” Yahoo! Music, Bullett Magazine, The Deli Magazine, El Periodico, Impose Magazine and LA RECORD (among others) have also featured and premiered their work.