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Preoccupations share 11-minute opus “Memory” featuring Dan Boeckner — listen

Plus, the band fka Viet Cong announce new fall tour dates

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    A lot of work went into the latest track from Preoccupations and it shows. Fitting for a band so clearly influenced by post-punk’s industrial bent, the 11-and-a-half minute song is a swirling mass of moving parts. The band formerly known as Viet Cong split the massive runtime of “Memory” equally between mechanical clanging and buzzing, fuzzed out guitar work and soaring heart-on-sleeve indie piano runs. The song’s guest vocals from Wolf Parade’s Dan Boeckner contain as much dour deadpan delivery as they do tender falsettos.

    The band earned every minute of the song’s stretched-out epic status by making its creation quite the trip. As guitarist Monty Munro explained it, “The idea we had for [the song’s] arc made it necessary to put more work into it than any of the other tracks. The finished result was worked on in six different studios over almost two years.” He added that Boeckner’s outsized contribution came about naturally. “His vocal was so perfect for it that we didn’t use [vocalist Matt Flegel’s] for most of it.”

    Take a listen below.

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    “Memory” is the third track we’ve heard from Preoccupations’ upcoming self-titled album after “Anxiety” and “Degraded”. Preoccupations – one of our most anticipated albums of the season — is out September 16th on Jagjaguwar. The band announced a world tour in support of the new effort, and you can check out those.

    Preoccupations Fall 2016 Tour Dates:
    09/28 – Vancouver, BC @ The Rickshaw Theater
    10/01 – Calgary, AB @ Mac Hall Ballroom *
    10/03 – Winnepeg, MB @ WECC *
    10/04 – Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line Music Cafe *
    10/05 – Chicago, Il @ Thalia Hall *
    10/07 – Pontiac, MI @ Crofoot Ballroom *
    10/08 – Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall *
    10/11 – Montreal, QC @ Theatre Fairmount *
    10/12 – Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair *
    10/14 – Brooklyn NY @ Warsaw *
    10/15 – Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church *
    10/16 – Washington DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel *
    10/18 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade *
    10/19 – New Orleans, LA @ @ Gasa Gasa *
    10/21 – Austin, TX @ The Mohawk *
    10/22 – Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
    10/25 – Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar *
    10/26 – San Diego, CA @ The Irenic *
    10/28 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy *
    10/29 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent *
    10/30 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent *
    11/01 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios *
    11/02 – Seattle, WA @ Neumos
    11/05 – Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club
    11/06 – Manchester, UK @ Gorilla
    11/07 – London, UK @ Oval Space
    11/08 – Bristol, UK @ Exchange
    11/09 – Brighton, UK @ Haunt
    11/10 – Utrecht, NL @ Le Guess Who? Festival
    11/12 – Brussels, BE @ Botanique
    11/14 – Copenhagen, DK @ Pumpehuset
    11/15 – Hamburg, DE @ Molotow
    11/16 – Berlin, DE @ Bi Nuu
    11/18 – Metz, FR @ Musiques Volantes Festival
    11/19 – Paris, FR @ New Noise Festival
    11/21 – Strasbourg, CH @ La Laiterie
    11/22 – Zurich, CH @ Klaus
    11/23 – Milan, IT @ Magnolia
    11/24 – Rome, IT @ Quirinetta
    11/25 – Bologna, IT @ Locomotiv
    11/26 – Neuchatel, CH @ Suprette Festival
    11/28 – Cologne, DE @ Luxor
    11/29 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso Noord

    * = w/ Methyl Ethel

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