On Viet Cong’s debut cassette EP, the new band, featuring members of cult favorites Women, offered us a glimpse of the potential for some great music from the band. And with “Continental Shelf”, the band meets and exceeds any expectations of them, with an equally grounded and soaring track. As the guitars amp up, creating a massive wall of sound, it would be easy to expect singer Matt Flegel to do his best to match Dylan Baldi’s intensity, but Flegel’s vocal tone is more in line with Spencer Krug of Sunset Rubdown/Wolf Parade fame. Put together, “Continental Shelf” is one of the crowning achievements in indie rock this year.
Viet Cong, the band’s self-titled debut, is set for release on 20 January through Jagjaguwar.