Preoccupations
Cassette


4.5
superb

Review

by sportsboy USER (20 Reviews)
May 15th, 2014 | 16 replies


Release Date: 2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: riffs riffs riffs

After Christopher Reimer's untimely death, Women's remains scattered into different projects. While Patrick Flegel drifted into various experimental projects, Matthew Flegel and Michael Wallace decided to form the natural off-shoot and Viet Cong was born. The result of this new collaboration, with fresh members Scott Munro, and Daniel Christiansen, is tightly-knit post-punk that resembles their old band but doesn't give off the same vibes in the slightest. In terms of family members, Women would be the slummed-out uncle who's begging you for money whilst Viet Cong is the nephew who seems like he has his *** together but does coke in bathroom at 1 AM.

Viet Cong's modus operandi is through glazed eyes and lazy guitars. They sound as if they have no map of where they're going, but rather, they don't need one. The band brings a muted force to frame the record, bass and guitar intertwining seamlessly, creating riffs that are flawless in their execution. Every track drags you in with a carefully performed twinge, a locked-in groove that never ceases to thrill. Even on songs like "Structureless Design" and "Select Your Drone", which show their roots as Women more clearly, instead of holding something back as they would of done previously, Viet Cong grab you by the throat and throw you to the ground in the coolest manner possible.

Catchy but not incessant, reserved but not distant, Cassette is a delight in its ability to concoct memorable moments through brilliantly formed riffs. Every song begets its own situation and atmosphere, and the technical guile displayed here is nothing to scoff at as well. It's refreshing that an EP this cohesive, this focused, is coming out of a new project, and we can only wait in anticipation at Viet Cong will devise next. For now, just direct your attention towards those sick riffs.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
sportsboy
May 15th 2014


679 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

RIP women

Digging: Baths - Romaplasm

Chortles
May 15th 2014


20842 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

nice one m8. really excited for these guys to put out more stuff

Digging: Burger / Ink - Las Vegas

SeaAnemone
May 15th 2014


21407 Comments


don't really like Women but I neeeeed this

Cygnatti
May 15th 2014


32012 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

women is goat, gotta get on dis mang.

MisterTornado
May 15th 2014


4507 Comments


yaaa still need to listen to this even though i haven't listened to women since 2010 when i was super naive about everything / don't know if i even like women [the band] ... butter give this a shoot anyhoot ~

sniper
May 15th 2014


19075 Comments


word man, good review. i'm incredibly stoked to hear what they do next.

sniper
May 15th 2014


19075 Comments


someone plz link me the full ep? it's not on bandcamp anymore :c

Phlegm
May 16th 2014


7241 Comments


i like the coverrrr, will check next time stars align



Schoop you should review Nmesh's - Dream Sequins. that would make me a very happy soul

sportsboy
May 16th 2014


679 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

hm i'd be down

PunchforPunch
May 16th 2014


6277 Comments


i need this

NorthernSkylark
May 16th 2014


8669 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Can't wait for the needle to drop

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NorthernSkylark
June 23rd 2014


8669 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

and release date is wrong

lou1000
August 2nd 2014


1160 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Any news on the when the album is coming out?

Thane
October 29th 2014


2282 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

new album is out in january. 20th i think. the two songs they've released from it are fucking sweet

Phlegm
December 10th 2014


7241 Comments


yea it fuckin rules

BMDrummer
December 21st 2014


14034 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Women would be the slummed-out uncle who's begging you for money whilst Viet Cong is the nephew who seems like he has his *** together but does coke in bathroom at 1 AM.
perfectly describes this



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