Preoccupations are Back! The dark, post-punk outfit return with new single ‘Espionage’ and announce new album

Its a return I’ve been waiting for since the release of their second record ‘Preoccupations’. The band formally known as ‘Viet-Cong’ have finally returned with a new track, and a new album entitled ‘New Material’ set for release in March.

The noisy, dark and mysterious Preoccupations have turned to a more gothic style of post-punk. That almost hypnotic synth lurks through the track with a unique and very Joy Division-esque drum beginning the track. It is a dark opening to the song, and when the loud and violent vocal style of lead singer Matt Flegal enter the frame, the song compiles dark energy and furious energy into a glorious and stunning post punk anthem.

The call and response between Matt and the rest of the band adds depth and integrity to the song. “Change Is Everything” is a phrase uttered throughout the track. It is a dark approach, and adds an element of thought to the track. I found myself questioning the phrase, wandering how change can devour so much and alter everything you perceive and do.

Listen to the track below:

Preoccupations have announced a handful of uk tour dates, tickets can be found on the bands website here:

  • June 5th – Village Underground, London
  • June 12th – Ramsgate Music Hall, Ramsgate
  • June 13th – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds

Featured image courtesy of Pitchfork. (words by Piran Aston)

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