Calgary-based punk band Viet Cong garnered a good deal of buzz for its 2015 self-titled debut album. But the heightened profile also created controversy around the historical baggage attached to the band’s name.
On Sept. 19, the quartet released a statement announcing plans to drop the Viet Cong title.
“We’ve been listening, talking and having lots of valuable conversations with the members of the Vietnamese community about the name,” the band said. “Through this dialogue and hearing about what the name means to so many people, we have decided we will be changing the name of our band.”
During the Vietnam War, Viet Cong was a name given to the communist National Liberation Front, which fought against the United States and South Vietnam.
“The truth is, we’ve been planning to change the band name for the next record for months,” the statement reads. “It has not been an easy decision by any means. We are a band of four people with four individual voices; this debate has been long and difficult for us and it took time for everyone to settle on a plan of action.”
They still haven’t settled on a replacement.
“We rushed into our last band name decision, we don’t plan to rush into this one, but know that will be rolling out a new name as soon as we agree upon one.”