Viet Cong are comprised of a group of friends who have played together in various different bands over the last five years — including the highly influential band Women, who released two highly regarded albums before ending in 2010. Over the last two years afterward, Matt Flegel and Scott Munro worked in their basement studio with a mess of old and run down equipment to build a set of fresh material. Joined by bandmates Daniel Christiansen and Michael Wallace, the band
completed work on a debut cassette.
What emerged from the studio was a mixture of sharply-angled rhythm workouts and euphoric ‘60s garage pop-esque melodies, balanced with a penchant for drone-y, VU-styled downer moments. These hard-to-find tapes were only available on tour and quickly built up a fanbase, and in July 2014 Mexican Summer pressed it to vinyl for the first time, as the “Cassette” EP. Since, the band has played all over North America, including a slot at the Four Knots festival in NYC.
Through inventive recording techniques, improvisation or a blending of genres, Viet Cong are constantly challenging themselves. The band released their debut full length via Jagjaguwar to rave reviews in January 2015.