After the disbandment of Calgary’s Women and the sudden death of Christopher Reimer comes up the rises of Viet Cong.
Featuring two ex-Women members vocalist/bassist Matt Flegel and drummer Mike Wallace with Scott Munro (Chad VanGaalen’s band) and Daniel Christiansen.
Their music has been described as “labyrinthine post-punk”.
I was very sad when Women broke up in 2012 and I thought there would be a slight chance for them to reunion.
Then came the tragic news of the death of Chris, there was no hope for that.
It wasn’t until Pop Montreal 2013 that I saw them play at a dive bar.
I didn’t stay long but I know for sure they would explode.
Come now with all the buzz they have been receiving from the debut self-titled album.
The Cassette EP that was release on their tour.
You can say it was a blue-print of what you can expect from Viet Cong’s sound.
I was hoping they had the same style from the EP which was Unconscious Melody and Oxygen Feed.
This album is very dark when you listen to the opening track Newspaper Spoons with its pounding of the drums.
With the second track Pointless Experience, it’s more what the title of songs with it’s dark guitar driven sound.
March of Progress is definitely one of the highlights with its 6 minute epic of dark droning sounds and picks up after the 4:40 minute mark with it’s fast pace rock vibe.
The album ends of with a 11 minute epic Death filled with dark heavy rock music!
Literally this is the best album of 2015.
- Newspaper Spoons
- March of Progress
- Continental Shelf
I’d give this album 10/10!