On September 19th 2015, having released their self-titled debut at the start of the year to glowing reviews, Canadian quartet Viet Cong published a lengthy post on their Facebook page announcing a change of moniker. On the decision, the band stated “We are a band who want to make music and play our music for our fans. We are not here to cause pain or remind people of atrocities of the past.”
Half a year later, on April 21st of this year, the then unnamed group announced that their latest record is now finished and that going forward the band will be called Preoccupations. The latest statement from the band read “We apologise to those who were adversely affected by our former band name. This was never anticipated nor our intent. We are artists and not politicians, we understand that the name reflected pain to some individuals and we are happy to change it and move on and focus on our music.”
Last week, Preoccupations announced further details of their new album, the self-titled full length expected for release this September – A year on from the departure of their previous name. The group also announced a huge run of shows toward the end of the year, with the following five dates announced for the UK:
Brooding and pretty fucking unnerving, Anxiety is undeniably captivating. The Yoonha Park directed video is equally as unsettling – Check it out for yourself below, and keep an eye on their website for further announcements.