Blues Control

Blues Control

Blues Control is Lea Cho and Russ Waterhouse - a keyboard, guitar, and tape music duo based in Philadelphia. Although initially conceived in NYC as a reflection of their love for both classic rock and the avant-garde, Blues Control has since evolved into a far wider-ranging creative outlet.

After two years of making new age music as Watersports, Russ and Lea played their first Blues Control show in 2006 on a whim. They have since toured in North America, the UK, Japan, and continental Europe; playing galleries, living rooms, museums, discos, and DIY venues. They have also opened for Animal Collective, Cluster, and Henry Flynt; written and performed an alternate soundtrack to Lewis Klahr's Five O'Clock Worlds; played for third graders in Oakland; and were the inspiration for Octavius Neveaux's 2009 solo painting exhibition at Cinders Gallery.

After several cassette releases, in 2007 Blues Control put out their first two full-length records: Puff (Woodsist/Fusetron) and Blues Control (Holy Mountain), and in 2008 they put out a 7" of holiday music as part of Sub Pop's Singles Club. In the summer of 2009 they released their third record, Local Flavor (Siltbreeze), which placed high on many music critics' year-end lists.


Blues Control Discography Tracks


Blues Control Blues Control (Album) Holy Mountain US 2007 Sell This Version
Blues Control Puff (Album) Woodsist US 2007 Sell This Version
Blues Control Local Flavor (Album) Siltbreeze US 2009 Sell This Version
Blues Control & Laraaji Blues Control & Laraaji - FRKWYS Vol. 8 (Album) Rvng Intl. US 2011 Sell This Version
Blues Control Valley Tangents (Album) Drag City US 2012 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

NNF074 Heavy Winged / Blues Control Heavy Winged / Blues Control - Bored Fortress(7", Ltd, Num) Not Not Fun Records NNF074 US 2007 Sell This Version
SP804 Blues Control Snow Day b/w Paul's Winter Solstice(7", Single, Ltd, Sno) Sub Pop SP804 US 2008 Sell This Version
none Blues Control Summer Games / Studio 69(Cass, Single) Managing Expectations none US 2014 Sell This Version


none Blues Control A Full Tank(CDr, Comp) Managing Expectations none US 2007 Sell This Version


Blues Control Riverboat Styx Fuck It Tapes US 2006 Sell This Version
none Blues Control Blues Control(Cass) Palsy none US 2006 Sell This Version
CRK001 Blues Control Live At WFMU(Cass, C40) Crooked Tapes CRK001 Japan 2011 Sell This Version
none Blues Control OldEnuff2KnoBetta: The Mixtape(6xFile, MP3, Mixtape, 320) Not On Label (Blues Control Self-released) none US 2016