The state of Vietnam is in constant flux. They have spent five-plus years of paying their dues in Austin, Philadelphia, rural Pennsylvania, and three separate tenures as New Yorkers. Add on a couple of national tours, a stint in LA recording the new record and it really is hard to believe that Vietnam only has a single commercial release to its credit. So, for the moment you're forgiven if you haven't heard of them, but consider this your warning - Vietnam is poised to drop some serious rock bombs on the world in coming months. In addition to a series of three twelve-inch EPs for The Social Registry label and a smattering of seven-inches for smaller labels, the band is finally releasing their much-anticipated full-length debut with another fine New York label, Kemado Records.
Their self-titled album is the result of tireless labor in practice rooms, on stages, and in studios around the country. It was recorded in Los Angeles during the later part of 2005 and produced by Farmer Dave Scher, Mickey Madden and Jason Lader. Jenny Lewis, Future Pigeon, Jesse Carmichael and Paz Lenchantin were among the many west coast talents who committed tracks to tape during the sessions.
Current trends and fashion aside, on their debut Vietnam have carefully constructed rock-solid songs that last. The album is a collection of eleven epics of the blackest night that range from rocking to contemplative and raw to Specter-esque. Despite the variety of approaches and their jaded New York urbanity, there is no lack of raw, twang-y and occasionally acid-tinged Texas eccentricity present throughout. The band's live show is mind-blowing - a moonshine drenched refresher course for originality.