Although they officially formed in 2012 and are comprised of Matt Flegel (bass, vocals), Scott Munro (guitar), Daniel Christiansen (guitar) and Mike Wallace (drums), the up-and-coming Calgary, Alberta-based post-punk/indie rock quartet of Viet Cong can trace their origins to 2010 when Fiegel and Wallace’s previous band Women entered an indefinite hiatus after an onstage fight.
After Women’s guitarist Christopher Reimer’s death in 2012, Women officially broke up and following that, Flegal decided to form a new band recruiting Munro, who was the touring guitarist for Chad VanGaalen,his former bandmate Wallace and Daniel Christiansen, who played in a Black Sabbath cover band with several members of Women.
On the strength of a cassette effort the band released in 2013, which was only available to purchase on tour, the Canadian quartet played at last year’s SXSW and the the 4 Knots Festival, and as a natural result they began to capture the attention of the blogosphere. In fact, the release of the “Continental Shelf,” the first single off the band’s soon-to-be released self-titled debut full-length effort had several major blogs consider the album highly-anticiapted. And with the release of “Silhouettes,” the second single and Bauhaus cover, I can see why: Viet Cong’s version is perhaps moodier, stormier and more claustrophobic. For me, it evokes being trapped indoors with people you once liked and who are not quickly getting on your last nerves, and you’re starting to feel uneasy and anxious to your very bones.
But sonically, at least on this track, the quartet’s sound bears an uncanny resemblance to Turn On the Bright Lights-era Interpol – dark, seductive, uneasy and capturing its surroundings. In other words, you’ll hear layers of angular and slashing guitars, four-on-the-floor drums, lyrics sung with an equally ironic detachment and earnestness paired in this case with dramatic synths.