2014 | 12" EP | FLCR028
In late 2013, Preoccupations —then known as Viet Cong— released a small-run of cassettes only available on tour. Due to high demand and critical acclaim for this hard-to-find item, the tape was re-released on vinyl by Mexican Summer in the Summer of 2014, simply titled 'Cassette'. Now the EP is now back and available on 12" vinyl.
- Throw It Away
- Unconscious Melody
- Oxygen Feed
- Static Wall
- Structureless Design
- Dark Entries
- Select Your Drone
The band changed its name from Viet Cong to Preoccupations.
This is a re-issue of their debut EP of 2013
Over the course of a year, 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, and became a hard-to-find classic.
Produced and recorded by Preoccupations in their basement studio.
Matt Flegel – bass, vocals
Mike Wallace – drums
Scott "Monty" Munro – guitar, synth
Daniel Christiansen – guitar
Gristly psych has a serrated post-punk edge, and a bloodied feel, somewhere between the Velvet Underground and British punk rock.
"Throw It Away" revs up with intertwined guitar jangle and spiky melodies, like Television on amphetamines, while "Static Wall" sounds like it was forgotten from the Children of Nuggets comp.
Ignore them at your peril.
The Globe & Mail