Viet Cong is not of this time. The band’s name obviously references a conflict 40+ years in the past, but their sound also seems delightfully out of place in 2015. The debut record from the Canadian indie rock band draws many influences from post punk groups of the late 70’s and early 80’s (Gang of Four and Mission of Burma come to mind). Matt Flegel’s vocal work in particular, is reminiscent of some of the revolutionary punk music of the time. His moody, entranced delivery in minor keys reminds of Joy Division’s Ian Curtis. The effect is much welcomed, and perhaps hints that good things are to come in post punk. Recent years have seen terrific albums from Detroit’s Protomartyr, the U.K.’s Savages, and Australia’s Total Control. With this album, Canada now has a horse in the race in the post punk renaissance.
By: Jordan Swoyer