Viet Cong Announce New Band Name
Following intense controversy around their band name, Canadian post-punk oufit Viet Cong have announced a new moniker. They will now go by the name Preoccupations.
The band first came under fire when a promoter at Oberlin College in Ohio canceled their show, saying their name “deeply offends and hurts Vietnamese and Vietnamese-American communities.” The Calgary-based four-piece apologized, noting they were naïve to the history of the Vietnam War when selecting their moniker. In September, they announced they would change the name altogether.
Today (April 21), the band issued a statement unveiling their new moniker. “We apologize to those who were adversely affected by our former band name,” they write. “This was never anticipated nor our intent.” The band also revealed they have finished recording their sophomore album:
After finishing our latest record and taking some time off, we are excited to announce that we will be performing and recording as "Preoccupations" going forward. We will be previewing new material from a forthcoming record in a series of festivals and shows in North America and Europe in the coming months. We apologize 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. Thanks to all our friends and fans. See you all soon.
The band will embark on a string of tour dates this summer and fall. See those below:
May 28: George, WA - Sasquatch Festival
June 13: Brooklyn, NY - Baby's All Right
June 27: Hilvarenbeek, Netherlands - Best Kept Secret Festival
June 18: Brussels, Belgium - Out Loud, Beurschouwburg
June 22: London, England - Shacklewell Arms
June 23: London, England - Old Blue Last
June 28: Paris, France - Olympic Cafe
June 30: Berlin, Germany - Urban Spree
July 2: Tullamore, Ireland - Castle Palooza
July 9: Ottawa, Ontario - Ottawa Blues Festival
Aug. 27: Los Angeles, CA - FYF Fest
Oct. 8: Toronto, Ontario - Danforth Music Hall