Artists of the week: Viet Cong
Viet Cong is a Canadian indie rock band, formed in Calgary, Alberta, in 2012 and consists of two ex-members of the art-rock band Women (vocalist & bassist Matt Flegel and drummer Mike Wallace), plus guitarists Scott Munro and Daniel Christiansen.
After the turbulent and rock’n’rollish ending of Women (onstage fight in 2010 followed by the demise of guitarist Christopher Reimer in 2012), Matt Flagel formed Viet Cong and self-released the following year a cassette EP that immediately caught the attention of critics who praised their eclectic fusion of clenched-fist post-punk with old-school psychedelia and cinematic instrumentals. The band finally released their much-anticipated eponymous full-length debut in the beginning of the year and the seven songs it comprises balance groovy repetitions with surprising dynamics, making it arguably one of the first great and ingenuous records of 2015.
João Pedro da Costa is a web studies scholar and a music fan.