Viet Cong, Freak Heat Waves and Aan at Mississippi Studios on March 3, 2015

Viet Cong’s excellent self-titled album opens with thundering, tribal, massively accented drums. As the anticipation builds, lead vocalist Matt Flegel opens with a gunshot: “Writhing violence, essentially without distortion / wired silent, vanishing into the boredom / deliberately made to disintegrate, difficult existence under a civilian nation”: This is the language of post-punk. Post-punk was born in the late... read more

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