Artist News

Viet Cong announce new name

By | Published on Friday 22 April 2016


Even the word’s ‘formerly known as’ seem a little sad today, right? But anyway, the band formerly known as Viet Cong have announced their new name, and it’s Preoccupations.

As previously reported, as Viet Cong became more popular their choice of moniker became more controversial. Admitting they had been “naive about the history of a war in a country we knew very little about”, the Canadian outfit announced last September that they’d find a new band name for their next album. And know they’ve found it.

The band said in a statement: “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”.

On the past name issues, the band went on: “We apologise 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”.