Posts Tagged ‘Preoccupations’

January 16, 2018

Today’s a mighty fine Tuesday for a fan of dark angular post-punk and restless bristling noise rock like me. Lots of fine new music has surfaced in the arena, including a new track from Preoccupations, the acclaimed four piece Canadian band formerly known as Viet Cong. They make their return in 2018 with news of what’s being reported as their strongest and most powerful album to date, named New Material. First single Espionage is a glorious and exultant, exhilarating and jarring anthem. Rough and contorted, ominous and gnarled post-punk greets our ears on this heady new overcast track, which lead vocalist, songwriter, and bassist Matt Flegal says is an ode to depression and self-sabotage. Preoccupations will start their world tour in North America this spring, with a stop at the Rickshaw Stop with fellow post-punkers Moaning on May 14th. I know where I’ll be that night… I caught Preoccupations the last time they played the Rickshaw Stop and it was magnificent. Pre-order New Material, which arrives on March 23 via Jagjaguwar, here.

August 18, 2016
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August 17, 2016

I must admit, it’s taken me awhile to get used to calling Preoccupations by their new name, having fallen for their brand of dark, angular post-punk whilst they were named Viet Cong. I’ve finally grown accustomed to it now that they’ve delivered even more of their noisy quivering, restless brooding music that often borders on math rock with its complex rhythms and labyrinth guitar. The Canadian band is preparing to release their self titled album as they head out on a North American tour. They’ve also released a music video for their single Degraded, giving the sinister whirring tune an abstract entrancing visual accompaniment. If Joy Division were still around today and jammed out with Interpol, they’d probably make bristling divine music like Degraded. The band’s self titled album will be out on September 16th. Pre-order from iTunes or Jagjaguwar.