Even with a name change, Preoccupations (formerly Viet Cong) struggled to get people to their Saturday night Sasquatch set.
One month ago, Canada’s post-punk outfit Viet Cong announced something big: a name change. The band faced controversy frequently in the media last year with their original moniker, culminating with Oberlin College cancelling one of their performances due to concerns over racism, cultural appropriation, and “their offensive name”. From there, protesters camped at VG gigs, and the boycotting of their shows worldwide began.
Unfortunately, either everyone at Sasquatch is still holding a grudge against the band’s former name, or no one got the memo. Their set on Saturday night’s lineup was rough. The band still played a lot of old songs and killed those, but their new music was lacking in energy. One reason we can speculate as to why? There was almost no one there.
Only time will tell whether music fans will let their preoccupations with Preoccupations go, and let their music be the judge of a good show. Stay tuned.
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