Viet Cong (band)

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Viet Cong
Viet Cong band 2015.jpg
Viet Cong performing at Le Point Ephémère in Paris, France, 9 February 2015
Background information
Origin Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Genres Post-punk, art rock
Years active 2012–present
Labels Mexican Summer, Flemish Eye, Jagjaguwar
Associated acts Women
Website vietcong.bandcamp.com
Members
  • Matt Flegel
  • Mike Wallace
  • Scott Munro
  • Daniel Christiansen

Viet Cong is a Canadian post-punk band formed in Calgary, Alberta in 2012. The group consists of two ex-members of the rock band Women, vocalist/bassist Matt Flegel and drummer Mike Wallace, as well as guitarists Scott Munro and Daniel Christiansen. The group's musical style has been described as "labyrinthine post-punk."[1]

History[edit]

In 2010, the band Women entered an indefinite hiatus after an onstage fight.[2] That band's guitarist, Christopher Reimer, died in 2012.[3][4] Following Reimer's death and the disbanding of Women, ex-Women bassist Flegel decided to form a new band with Munro, the live guitarist for Chad VanGaalen. They recruited ex-Women drummer Wallace and guitarist Christiansen (the latter previously performed in a Black Sabbath cover band alongside Flegel and Wallace).[5]

The band's debut EP, a self-released cassette, was issued in 2013.[5] The band also performed at SXSW festival in 2014[6] and opened for Freak Heat Waves.[5] In 2014, the band signed to Canadian record label Flemish Eye.[7] The band's cassette release was reissued by Mexican Summer on vinyl on July 8, 2014.[8]

The band released their self-titled debut album on January 20, 2015 on Jagjaguwar/Flemish Eye.[9] The band announced plans for a North American and European tour to promote the album.[10]

Musical style[edit]

The group's musical style was mainly described as "post-punk".[1][11] The band's debut cassette was described as a combination of "crooning post-punk vocals, distant-sounding harmonies a la Nuggets-era psychedelia, noise-addled punk, and Blade Runner-style instrumentals."[1]

Band members[edit]

  • Matt Flegel - bass, vocals
  • Mike Wallace - drums
  • Scott "Monty" Munro - guitar, synth
  • Daniel Christiansen - guitar

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

EPs[edit]

  • Cassette cassette EP (2013, self-released)
  • Cassette 12" EP (2014, Mexican Summer)

Singles[edit]

  • "Throw It Away" (2013, self-released)
  • "Continental Shelf" (2013, Jagjaguwar)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Zoladz, Linsay (March 20, 2014). "Viet Cong - "Bunker Buster" [Rough Mix]". Pitchfork. Retrieved May 6, 2014. 
  2. ^ Dombal, Ryan (November 1, 2010). "Women Cancel Tour After Clashing Onstage". Pitchfork. Retrieved May 6, 2014. 
  3. ^ "R.I.P. Christopher Reimer (of Women)". Consequence of Sound. February 22, 2012. Retrieved May 6, 2014. 
  4. ^ Pelly, Jenn (February 22, 2012). "R.I.P. Women Guitarist Christopher Reimer". Pitchfork. Retrieved May 6, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c "Rising: Viet Cong". Pitchfork. March 13, 2014. Retrieved May 6, 2014. 
  6. ^ Garrett, Jonathan (March 15, 2014). "SXSW Friday Round-Up: Bully, Happy Diving, Viet Cong, Gang Of Youths". NME. Retrieved May 6, 2014. 
  7. ^ Adams, Gregory (March 10, 2014). "Women Offshoot Viet Cong Sign to Flemish Eye". Exclaim!. Retrieved May 6, 2014. 
  8. ^ Minsker, Evan (May 6, 2014). "Viet Cong Announce "Cassette" EP Reissue, Share "Oxygen Feed"". Pitchfork. Retrieved May 6, 2014. 
  9. ^ Minsker, Evan (October 15, 2014). "Viet Cong Announce Debut LP, Share "Continental Shelf", Announce Tour". Pitchfork. Retrieved October 15, 2014. 
  10. ^ Terry, Josh (October 15, 2014). "Viet Cong share new song “Continental Shelf” — listen". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved October 15, 2014. 
  11. ^ Friesen, Devib (October 17, 2013). "Post-punk in the corner pocket". Fast Forward Weekly. Retrieved May 6, 2014. 

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