Live Video: Viet Cong

Live Video
03/20/2015
Jim Beckmann
photo by Brittney Bollay (view set)

There's a lot of buzz about Viet Cong right now, and for a lot of reasons, but while their pedigree, controversial name, and recognizable post-punk influences make for easy talking points, it's their ferocious energy and novel songwriting that seems to resonate so strongly with fans and critics alike. Miraculously, the Calgary band, half of whose members come from defunct group Women, maintain their reverence for the past while sounding surprising new. On their recent self-titled LP, the dual guitars of Scott Munro and Daniel Christiansen bristle and serrate like entangling spools of wire as bassist Matt Flegel and drummer Mike Wallace pound complex tattoos on string and skin. Yet as even Flegel howls and growls, the songs remain more melodic than menacing and, no matter how frenetic, entirely danceable. To kick off their tour, Viet Cong ripped up the darkened KEXP studio for one of the most intense sessions that room has ever seen. Check out the videos now:

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