Entry Requirements: All Ages
Preoccupations live in June on a very short run of UK shows
For those in the now, this is of course the brilliant Viet Cong re named. A sold out show last time witnessed an ear splitting event. More of the same with any luck!
Preoccupations’ songs have always worked through themes of creation, destruction, and futility, and they’ve always done it with singular post-punk grit. The textures are evocative and razor-sharp. The wire is always a live one. But while that darker side may have been well-explored, that’s not quite the same as it being fully, intensely lived.
This time it was, and the result is ’New Material’, a collection that broadens and deepens Preoccupations to a true mastery of their sound. In it lies the difference between witnessing a car crash and crashing your own, between jumping into an ocean and starting to swallow the water.