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It’s impossible to say whether this Canadian postpunk quartet went back to source material such as The Fall’s early records and Gang of Four’s Entertainment or listened to second-generation groups that had discovered their own effective voices within the genre's lo-fi crustiness, angular riffs, and pounding, relentless rhythms. Tracks here such as “Continental Shelf” and “Bunker Buster” (rerecorded for this debut album) bleed with commitment toward harsh, noncommercial sounds that overflow with pained beauty for those accustomed to its habits. Sonic Youth or Joy Division fans should have no trouble finding the “pop” in demanding songs like “Silhouettes” and “Death.”

Customer Reviews

Enough with the PC police

Please stop giving this album 1 star because of the band name. This isn’t the first nor will it be the last band to use a shock tactic in naming themselves. If you are concerned about atrocities committed in the world, go do something that will actually help instead of sitting on your computer and attacking a band for their name.

Please refer to one of this band’s major influences - Joy Division - and go write your “disrespectful name” reviews for all of their albums as well…. “Joy Division” is arguably more offensive than “Viet Cong” based on the criteria listed here.

By the way - good post-punk music.

Just ignore the name.

The music is great. Even if it’s a little too much like their last project WOMEN, if you come in clean, it’s an enjoyable listen. The lo fi sound on this LP is abrasive and hard hitting similar to Joy Division and a little Interpol. It’s fantastic.

Solid Viet Cong album.

Very enjoyable album. I prefer the later half of the album as it really starts getting poppy and catchier and very fun to listen to. Continental Shelf and Silhouettes are my favorites.

Too bad the reviews on here give the album low scores because of the name. That's not how this all works.

Biography

Formed: 2012 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '10s

Playing a clever, expressive fusion of art rock and lo-fi pop that maintains a very human pulse despite the extensive use of electronics and noise, Viet Cong were formed in 2012 by Matt Flegel and Scott Munro, two musicians from Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Flegel was a member of the celebrated Calgary indie rock band Women, who'd broken up several months prior, while Munro had formerly played guitar with Lab Coast. While touring Europe as part of Chad VanGaalen's backing band, Flegel and Munro began...
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