CONTROLLER was conceived and created in the ever-shifting chaos of the Midwest music scene in the winter of 2011. Each member, a long standing musician with accolades of their own musical experience, was handpicked for this task. Built around a singular idea, that no one person should lead, but instead allow the music to tell them what comes next.
The season that followed found them recording a demo at Temple Recording Studios, the mix was raw, but the vision was clear, so they set off to play in front of an audience. Beginning on a hot summer day on Jun 14th 2012 at The Rock N' Ride Fest, Controller took the stage for the first time. They would set their sights on playing enough shows, and selling enough merchandise, to be able to afford the cost of recording a full length album.