Photo: Preoccupation at Gasa Gasa
What’s in a name? Apparently, a lot. Some bands thrive on the satirical and misguidedness their name presents, while others know exactly what they are doing and want to make a point. I have a feeling that Viet Kong in the beginning was making a statement but when it started hitting their pocket book, front man Matt Flege took ownership and presented the rest of the band a list of names. Preoccupations stuck out and took hold. In an interview with Pitchfork, Matt stated he’d rather take the blame over the new name than be judged by the old one.
The Canadian four piece post-punk band has put out their sophomore album, another self-titled venture, under the new name. Much like the dark nature of their music, their performance and stage design mirrors those tones. The set, of course, was focused on their latest effort, but with only two albums and a cassette, odds were one of your favorites were going to get played. Funny enough, but not that much a surprise, my favorite and lead track off the latest album was played first. The rest of the evening was just as fantastic. To enjoy the views, you can check out more pictures here and take a listen on the band's site.