Singer Nirmala Basnayake led the group through tracks from their debut EP and lone album. "History" and "Silent Seven" got the crowd grooving, but a busted bass guitar halted the proceedings. A bit too long of a wait later, they got the show back on track with "Poison/Safe," their best-executed song of the evening.
During their initial run, controller.controller often came across as detached and aloof, a quality that certainly separated them from your average dance-punk band (an important weapon to have in the mid-2000s). Here, that all melted away into a performance that seemed as joyous and cathartic for the band as it was for the audience.