Video of the moment
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2015 has been a breakthrough year for heavy-hitting Calgary noisemakers Viet Cong. Touring in North America and Europe behind their superb eponymous debut album has been well-received, and they're on the shortlist of Polaris Prize nominees (the winner will be announced on Sept. 20 in Toronto). Such publications as Spin, NOW and NME named it Album of the Week, and NCM's Noah Siegel raved about it here.
Viet Cong this week unveiled a brand new video, for the track "Bunker Buster", a cut NCM playlisted back in January. A press release about the clip notes that "If Viet Cong's 'Bunker Buster' elicits the images of a nighttime urban hellscape littered with lost souls, it does so with its dissected, angular rhythms and existential lyrics. Taking these visual cues even further, director Yoonha Park gives the song a grainy, sci-fi treatment, taking influences from the likes of Wong Kar-Wai, Philip K. Dick, and Lars von Trier in his video for the song."
It also explains that "Park has previously worked on acclaimed videos for bands such as Liars, Washed Out, M83, and Beach House, and this collaboration is no exception to his impeccable track record for pairing compelling visuals with powerful music. Images burst with texture and color while New York City is used as a backdrop for isolation and dystopia. Shot on 16mm film, 'Bunker Buster' pays homage to many classics of the science fiction genre, using robotic arms, surgical tubes, and a mannequin overlaid with projections of human faces mouthing the song's lyrics".
Any clip referencing the late great science fiction author Philip K. Dick grabs our attention, and this one is a compelling winner.
Viet Cong have just started another extensive North American tour that includes dates in Hamilton, Quebec City, Fredericton, Halifax, Montreal, Kingston, Edmonton and Vancouver, followed by more European shows and two nights at Toronto's Lee's Palace (Dec. 4-5). Check their site for a full itinerary.