9/16/2016

Preoccupations Self-Titled Album Out Today

PREOCCUPATIONS SELF-TITLED ALBUM 
OUT TODAY ON JAGJAGUWAR
Click Here To Download or Stream Preoccupations

Acclaim for Preoccupations:

"While far from a feel-good summer jam, "Anxiety" is a little closer to the hazy, lo-fi meditations of 2010's Public Strain than the creeping nausea of 2015's Viet Cong.... "Anxiety" is surprisingly relaxed and well-adjusted. "I'm not here purely for the sake of breathing," he vows, "I am wide awake." And just like that, Preoccupations have written their own mantra." Pitchfork, Best New Track

"Unlike its predecessor, Preoccupations was crafted with less pressure and more time. While there's still plenty of motorik drive, there are more synth-y flavors, such as the record's magnum opus, the three-movement suite "Memory," which includes a soaring guest appearance from Dan Boeckner...a shimmering, New Order-esque midsection and a hypnotic, ambient coda." Billboard

" They've created a startling document of anxiety and mental exhaustion. It's beautiful art, and hopefully it's a next step toward the peace so sought after throughout the record." Consequence of Sound

"There is a stout cohesiveness that gives Preoccupations a feeling of completion and resolute artistic confidence and its reverberations mount with close and repeated listens." Under the Radar

"Preoccupations kicks off the record with an ominous surge in "Anxiety," setting a tone that builds and never lets up for the span of this exhilarating album. The things that first drew me to Viet Cong's self-titled 2015 debut are still here, but this album shows vast growth and advancement from there, especially lyrically." Patterson Hood of Drive By Truckers for The Talkhouse

"Preoccupations makes strides to shore up Preoccupations' identity without losing the crucial spontaneity of their debut." Pop Matters

"Preoccupations put out one of the best albums of last year under the name Viet Cong, and sadly, sometimes it felt like the controversy around their band name was talked about more than the music itself. Now they're back with their first album since ditching the Viet Cong moniker, and it's clear from the music itself that this band still deserves to be heard." Brooklyn Vegan

"The new album continues along the same path as Viet Cong, juxtaposing pop hooks with eerie, gothic accents and a distorted yet danceable aesthetic. It's a heavy album made accessible through many moments of melodic levity. Maintaining that progress from their previous album and being able to build upon something they had already created only made their pivot toward a new identity all the more delicate." FLOOD Magazine

"The darkness is all very real, ladies and gentlemen; anxiety approaches and monotony kills. But with rhythms this punishing and hooks that slowly reveal themselves like the ones here, maybe the darkness isn't all bad.." Pretty Much Amazing

"With Preoccupations putting their past name of Viet Cong behind them while holding onto their wicked sound, "Degraded" is a foreboding track spliced together with hissing synth and dark guitars." Paste Magazine

"With their controversial original band name behind them, Preoccupations (formerly Viet Cong) are endeavoring to move forward with new music. Their latest is "Degraded," a super-dark slice of post-punk animated by wheezing synthesizers and tightly wound guitar riffs." SPIN

"Viet Cong are proving a name change doesn't change a good sound. The post-punk quartet are rallying behind their sophomore self-titled album with their new moniker, Preoccupations, speaking for itself. On "Degraded," they dive into the vintage post-punk sound, striking similarities to Joy Division and other icons. It's the perfect song to help you get through the week." Nerdist

""Anxiety" is the first single, and it's proof the band's new identity isn't going to be accompanied by some grand musical shift. They're still expert purveyors of jittery, groaning guitar music." The Verge

"By the end of the album, Preoccupations had me in its grip again, humming along to "Fever." It's the album as prescription, and it's just what alternative music needed in these mostly boring-sounding times." The Advocate

"The strengths of Preoccupation's debut album are all here: interesting twists and turns that keep the listener guessing, bleak gazes through a modern miasma of depression and ennui, and a unique and solid musical vision to bring out these melancholy emotions in a calculated and thoughtful form." Northern Transmissions

"Preoccupations aren't exactly miserablists, but the constant malaise that hangs over the album works in its favor. Where their previous album was more brazen in its use of noise and heavy sounds in the pursuit of leaving a heavier impact, this one reveals beauty within the haze." Treblezine

"With their new album set for release next week, Preoccupations are ramping things up with latest single "Memory." The track is an absolute epic, leading listeners on a journey through post-punk soundscapes that twists and turns through 80s influences, with haunting guitar riffs and mesmerizing vocals from featured artist Dan Boeckner."Indie Shuffle


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
 
Photo Credit: Alessio Boni

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