The self-titled debut from Canadian rockers Viet Cong isn’t one of those records that lovingly embraces you from the first spin, enveloping you in sonic bliss as the songs unfurl. Rather, this seven-track release requires some patience from the listener as it’s filled with icy, detached tunes that manage to come together to create an enjoyable listening experience.
“There have to be strange little goofups and stuff that’s sometimes intentional, sometimes not,” explains Viet Cong bassist/lead singer Matt Flegel. “I Have a bleak sense of humor, too, so some lyrics might seem funny to me even though anyone else might think they’re depressingly hopeless.”
As such, you probably need to be in the right frame of mind to fully appreciate standout tracks such as “Newspaper Spoons,” the sprawling “March of Progress,” personal favorite “Continental Shelf” and droning 11-minute closer “Death.” This isn’t a record — or a band — for all tastes, but those who get Viet Cong should enjoy the record immensely. (Jeffrey Sisk)