The band Viet Cong have finally changed their name. Introducing: Preoccupations.
The Alberta outfit caused some controversy for naming their band after the bad guys from the Vietnam War, a reference to the brutal National Liberation Front. People protested the band's shows, and even had one concert canceled for the offensive name.
The decided to change their name in September 2015, saying that they were having conversations with the Vietnamese community about it. In a statement today (April 21), the band revealed their new name and that they're recording new music.
"After finishing our latest record and taking some time off, we are excited to announce that we will be performing and recording as 'Preoccupations' going forward. We will be previewing new material from a forthcoming record in a series of festivals and shows in North America and Europe in the coming months. We apologize to those who were adversely affected by our former band name. This was never anticipated nor our intent. We are artists and not politicians, we understand that the name reflected pain to some individuals and we are happy to change it and move on and focus on our music. Thanks to all our friends and fans. See you all soon."