((VietNam)) Band Profile and Upcoming New York City Concerts - Oh My Rockness

Brooklyn-by-way-of-Austin duo Vietnam play cerebral and enigmatic jam music that doesn't suck -- a very rare feat when any band decides to "jam" (H.O.R.D.E. Festival, I'm looking in your direction). They have even been compared to The Velvet Underground, Sonic Youth and Bob Dylan.

With laid-back tempos and spare arrangements, Vietnam won't make you jump on the bar, pump your fist in the air and go "Yes!" They will, however, make you nod and smile with half-opened eyes as you nurse a can of whatever's cheapest.

Occasionally they'll speed things up a bit to get the rock out of their system. But clearly Vietnam are most engaging, and have a heightened aura of mystery, when they are at their slowest. They're quickly and quietly stealing the word "jam" back from its offenders.
Published April 06, 2005
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