Preoccupations’–formerly known as Viet Cong–debut album, Viet Cong, is released last year, but its impressiveness still remains until today. Viet Cong is where outstanding tracks, such as “Continental Shelf” and “Death” dwell, and every single time these tracks are played, there’s always something breathtaking from the song that awes us.
When they choose name Preoccupations as the band’s new name this April–due to unintentional subversive and offensive name–they do not carry Viet Cong’s torches on. While Viet Cong that most of us listen to is known by their vigor–Mike Wallace’s drums are ferocious as well as Munro and Christiansen’s guitar riffs–Preoccupations’ latest single “Anxiety” somehow sounds more somber. The first seconds of the song are filled with lulling noise–something that’s not the distinctive features of the band. However, as the guitars and drums start to kick in, “Anxiety” offers the same “Continental Shelf”‘s vibe. The peak is when Flegel’s studly voice begins the song, “With a sense of urgency and unease”, showing the ominousness of the song. It’s no joke how ominous the song is, as Flegel continues in the bridge, “Help has fallen by the wayside/ Nowhere near to finding better ways to be”. That way, “Anxiety” feels familiar, yet obscure at the same time. It may not be a perfect summer jam, but Preoccupations’ “Anxiety” brings the new taste of summer: a portentous and bleak one.