Alberta-based post-punk band, formerly known as Viet Cong, has just officially changed their name to Preoccupations.
We will be performing and recording as Preoccupations going forward. New tour dates announced. Full statement here: https://t.co/o8c5UOGl4W
— Preoccupations (@pre_occupations) April 21, 2016
The band received many accusations of racism and cultural insensitivity for their name, peaking with the strong buzz following the release of their debut self-titled album last year. Last year, the band's scheduled performance at Oberlin college was cancelled due to offensive name.
— Peter Bonilla (@pebonilla) March 3, 2015
Read the full statement and tour date announcements below:
After finishing our latest record and taking some time off, we are excited to announce that we will be performing and recording as "Preoccupations" going forward. We will be previewing new material from a forthcoming record in a series of festivals and shows in North America and Europe in the coming months. We apologize to those who were adversely affected by our former band name. This was never anticipated nor our intent. We are artists and not politicians, we understand that the name reflected pain to some individuals and we are happy to change it and move on and focus on our music. Thanks to all our friends and fans. See you all soon.
(The name of this page will be changing very shortly.)
5/28 Sasquatch Festival George, Wa
6/13 Baby's All Right Brooklyn, NY
6/17 Best Kept Secret Festival Hilvarenbeek, NL
6/18 Out Loud, Beurschouwburg Brussels, BEL
6/22 Shacklewell Arms London, UK
6/23 Old Blue Last London, UK
6/28 Olympic Cafe Paris, FR
6/30 Urban Spree Berlin, GER
7/02 Castle Palooza Tullamore, IRE
7/09 Ottawa Blues Fest Ottawa, ONT
8/27 FYF Fest Los Angeles, Ca
10/8 Danforth Music Hall Toronto, ONT
(Brooklyn, London, and Toronto On Sale Friday at 10am)
(Europe headline shows On Sale Today at 4pm)
(photo by Alessio Boni)