Canadian post-punk lads, Preoccupations, have undergone a revitalization since changing their name (formally known as Viet Cong) and releasing all new material. With a collection of moody and heavy Blade Runner-esque tunes, their latest self-titled release has taken the band across the globe bringing the music directly to the fans. The L.A. fans gathered at Downtown’s Regent Theater for the unmatched and earth-shattering sound from Preoccupations. The band was ready, willing and able to provide an unforgettable experience.
Lead signer and bassist, Matt Flegel, had a steady grasp on the vocals as he clutched his eyes when belting out the words to “Memory” and the fleeting lyrics on “Death.” The gloomy attitude behind the Flegel’s has been compared to early-80s Cure and Joy Division. The comparisons are fair but nothing compares to watching these talented musicians triumph at their live shows and giving it over 110 percent. Fellow band mates, Mike Wallace (drums), Daniel Christiansen (guitar) and Scott Munro (guitar/synth) share in on the fun and thrash around on the stage nearly reaching the point of instrument destruction. At one point, Wallace banged on the drums so hard that he knocked over the floor tom as he exploded off his seat. Munro did his best ‘waking-up-the-dead’ move as he spazzed out next to Wallace and tortured his guitar while simultaneously playing the keyboard.
The crowd was feeling the droning guitars that segued into thunderous riffs. The reformation of this collective has found a new purpose and direction with their latest album, Preoccupations. Their next adventure takes them across the states and into Europe this summer. Guaranteed fun will prevail at their live shows.