ALBUM REVIEW: Viet Cong - Viet Cong

VIET CONG ... Viet Cong (Jagjaguwar)
VIET CONG ... Viet Cong (Jagjaguwar)

THIS Canadian outfit formed three years ago from the remnants of criminally underrated post-punk merchants Women, who crumbled amid infighting and the death of guitarist Christopher Reimer.

With former members Matt Flegel and Mike Wallace joined by guitarists Scott Munro and Daniel Christiansen, the new band present a markedly different take on the same genre - though as you’d imagine the mood of their debut isn’t exactly one of celebration.

Bearing hacksaw guitars and a clutch of noise and drone influences, its sounds are vigorous and reverb-drenched, but that’s not to say it’s lacking in melody.

The razor-edged Bunker Buster, for instance, sounds like Television after a swig of goth juice, while March of Progress’s uptempo chimes are so sanguine they’re almost danceable.

By far the best moment, however, is saved until last in the form of the aptly-titled Death, an immense shape-shifting romp which alone announces this group as a significant fresh force. 8/10. AW