9/07/2016

Preoccupations Release 11-minute "Memory", New Album Out 9/16

PREOCCUPATIONS RELEASE 11 MINUTE SCORCHER "MEMORY" FEATURING DAN BOECKNER OF WOLF PARADE

EXTEND WORLD TOUR INCLUDING NORTH AMERICAN DATES SUPPORTED BY METHYL ETHEL 

SELF-TITLED ALBUM OUT SEPTEMBER 16TH ON JAGJAGUWAR

Photo Credit: Alessio Boni

"Memory" is perhaps the most important moment on the new self-titled Preoccupations album. Coming in at just over 11 minutes long, it's been described as the album's keystone, with an intimate narrative and a truly timeless post-punk center. Like many classic songs in history "Memory" has distinctive sections, it's emotional and transcending. 

Speaking of the track, Monty of Preoccupations notes, ""Memory" was the second song that we started working on for Preoccupations after "Anxiety". It was unique to the sessions of the record in that we worked on it in every studio that we were in. The idea we had for it's arc made it necessary to put more work into it than any of the other tracks. The finished result was worked on in 6 different studios over almost two years. Getting Dan in to record the vocals was the final piece of the puzzle and was Matt's idea. We were tracking in Montreal and cold-called him to see if he wanted to sing a duet of sorts, but his vocal was so perfect for it that we didn't use Matt's for most of it."
Early reviews coming from the UK are already hailing the album as one of the best releases of 2016. Line Of Best Fit named it their Album of the Week writing "Preoccupations' greatest asset is in its breadth of ability; spontaneous, yet considered; off-kilter, but instinctive; eccentric, although well composed" while Uncut Magazine gave it an 8/10 saying "...the songs benefit from sharper focus than the quartet ever achieved before".  In what is a flawless review, Loud and Quiet gave Preoccupations a perfect 10/10, hailing "Viet Cong were a great band...Preoccupations are even better".

Preoccupations have just finished up their tour with Explosions in the Sky which included a stop in LA for FYF where a huge crowd turned out to see the band absolutely destroy, playing songs from their new album and favorites from their previous Viet Cong LP. The non-stop touring continues into the fall with more tour dates added including extensive touring of North America with support from Australia's next big thing Methyl Ethyl. All dates are listed below.

Preoccupations is out September 16th on Jagjaguwar. Full album download and stream is available now on request. 

Watch the video for "Degraded"

Watch the video for "Anxiety"


World Tour Dates
09.28.16 - The Rickshaw Theater - Vancouver, BC
10.01.16 - Mac Hall Ballroom - Calgary, AB ^
10.03.16 - WECC - Winnepeg, MB ^
10.04.16 - Fine Line Music Cafe - Minneapolis, Mn ^
10.05.16 - Thalia Hall - Chicago, Il ^
10.07.16 - Crofoot Ballroom - Pontiac, Mi ^
10.08.16 - Danforth Music Hall - Toronto, ON ^
10.11.16 - Theatre Fairmount -  Montreal, QC ^
10.12.16 - The Sinclair - Cambridge, Ma ^
10.14.16 - Warsaw - Brooklyn NY ^
10.15.16 - First Unitarian Church - Philadelphia, Pa ^
10.16.16 - Rock & Roll Hotel - Washington DC ^
10.18.16 - Masquerade - Atlanta, Ga ^
10.19.16 - Gasa Gasa - New Orleans, La ^
10.21.16 - The Mohawk - Austin, TX ^
10.22.16 - Club Dada - Dallas, TX
10.25.16 - Valley Bar - Phoenix, Az ^
10.26.16 - The Irenic - San Diego, CA ^
10.28.16 - The Roxy - Los Angeles, CA ^
10.29.16 - The Independent - San Francisco, CA ^
10.30.16 - The Independent - San Francisco, CA ^
11.1.6 - Mississippi Studios - Portland, OR ^
11.02.16 - Neumos - Seattle, Wa ^
11.05.15 - Brudenell Social Club - Leeds, UK
11.06.16 - Gorilla - Manchester, UK
11.07.16 - Oval Space - London, UK
11.08.16 - Exchange - Bristol, UK
11.09.16 - Haunt - Brighton, UK
11.10.16 - Le Guess Who Festival - Utrecht, NL
11.12.16 - Botanique - Brussels, BE
11.14.16 - Pumpehuset - Copenhagen, DK
11.15.16 - Molotow - Hamburg, DE
11.16.16  Bi Nuu - Berlin, DE
11.18.16 - Musiques Volantes Festival - Metz, FR
11.19.16 - New Noise Festival - Paris, FR
11.21.16 - La Laiterie - Strasbourg, CH
11.22.16 - Klaus - Zurich, CH
11.23.16 - Magnolia - Milan, IT
11.24.16 - Quirinetta - Rome, IT
11.25.16 - Locomotiv -  Bologna, IT
11.26.16 - Suprette Festival - Neuchatel, CH
11.28.16 - Luxor - Cologne, DE
11.29.16 - Paradiso Noord - Amsterdam, NL

^ w/ Methyl Ethel

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