Canadian band Viet Cong, who released their eponymous debut album in January, were the new band to watch in 2015 on account of their phenomenal genre defining music. But more recently, Viet Cong have made headlines for other reasons, because of their name. The controversy started in America, when a show schedule at Oberlin College was cancelled due to a 'name that deeply offends and hurts Vietnamese and Vietnamese-American communities'. Indeed, Viet Cong was a name used during the war in Vietnam to describe 'communist soldiers'. The band have released the following statement about the name controversy:
"Our band, Viet Cong, has existed for a little over three years now. When we named ourselves, we were naive about the history of a war in a country we knew very little about. We now better understand the weight behind the words Viet Cong. While we don’t take any concerns about the name lightly, we feel it is important to let you know that we never meant to trivialise the atrocities or violence that occurred on both sides of the Vietnam war. We never intended for our name to be provocative or hurtful.
Watch the band play a KEXP session below: