Bands that gain widespread acclaim are usually unlike any other. Viet Cong falls under this category, as they are reminiscent of some classic artists while standing alone in their own variation of the rock genre. Their debut album, cleverly titled Viet Cong, is already making waves in the music scene, and the Calgary-based band is well on their way to becoming a staple in any music lover’s collection.
There’s something nostalgic about Viet Cong’s self-titled album. Recorded in a barn in Ontario, it exudes a certain grittiness that’s reminiscent of listening to an old record on vinyl. The harmonies and guitar riffs of “March of Progress” are similar to those of ‘60’s psychedelic surf rock. “Pointless Experience” brings back elements from early punk.[bandcamp width=100% height=120 track=1962630465 size=large bgcol=ffffff linkcol=0687f5 tracklist=false artwork=small]
Despite the hints of nostalgia, elements Viet Cong are completely novel. The album begins with the tribal drums of “Newspaper Spoons,” a heavy and abrasive opening, which starts the short LP off strong. The album’s first single, “Continental Shelf,” is a mesmerizing fusion of rock and psychedelic. Viet Cong concludes with “Death,” a compelling 11-minute song that progresses through heavy rock and surf pop and acid rock, before concluding with singer Matt Flegel shouting into the microphone.
The seven tracks on the album are all beautiful and addictive. Viet Cong’s debut is the perfect time to jump on the bandwagon before they reach their peak and become a household name.