Viet Cong (band)

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Viet Cong
Viet Cong self titled album cover.jpg
Background information
Origin Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Genres Indie rock, post-punk, art rock
Years active 2012–present
Labels Flemish Eye
Associated acts Women
Website vietcong.bandcamp.com
Members
  • Matt Flegel
  • Mike Wallace
  • Scott Munro
  • Daniel Christiansen

Viet Cong is a Canadian indie rock 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] The band's guitarist, Christopher Reimer, died in 2012.[3][4] Following Reimer's death and disbanding of Women, ex-Women bassist Matt Flegel decided to form a new band with Scott Munro, the live guitarist for Chad VanGaalen. They recruited ex-Women drummer Mike Wallace and guitarist Danny Christiansen, who previously performed in Black Sabbath cover band alongside Flegel and Wallace.[5]

The band released their debut release, a tour-only cassette, 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 Flemish Eye record label.[7] The band's cassette release was reissued on Mexican Summer on vinyl on July 8, 2014.[8]

The band will release their self-titled debut album on is January 20, 2015 through Jagjaguwar and Flemish Eye record labels.[9] The band will also embark a North American and European tour in accompaniment of 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
Cassette releases
  • Cassette (2013)
Singles
  • "Throw It Away" (2013)

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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