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Preoccupations share 11-minute opus “Memory” featuring Dan Boeckner — listen

on September 07, 2016, 1:38pm

A lot of work went into the latest track from Preoccupations and it shows. Fitting for a band so clearly influenced by post-punk’s industrial bent, the 11-and-a-half minute song is a swirling mass of moving parts. The band formerly known as Viet Cong split the massive runtime of “Memory” equally between mechanical clanging and buzzing, fuzzed out guitar work and soaring heart-on-sleeve indie piano runs. The song’s guest vocals from Wolf Parade’s Dan Boeckner contain as much dour deadpan delivery as they do tender falsettos.

The band earned every minute of the song’s stretched-out epic status by making its creation quite the trip. As guitarist Monty Munro explained it, “The idea we had for [the song’s] arc made it necessary to put more work into it than any of the other tracks. The finished result was worked on in six different studios over almost two years.” He added that Boeckner’s outsized contribution came about naturally. “His vocal was so perfect for it that we didn’t use [vocalist Matt Flegel’s] for most of it.”

Take a listen below.

“Memory” is the third track we’ve heard from Preoccupations’ upcoming self-titled album after “Anxiety” and “Degraded”. Preoccupations – one of our most anticipated albums of the season — is out September 16th on Jagjaguwar. The band announced a world tour in support of the new effort, and you can check out those.

Preoccupations Fall 2016 Tour Dates:
09/28 – Vancouver, BC @ The Rickshaw Theater
10/01 – Calgary, AB @ Mac Hall Ballroom *
10/03 – Winnepeg, MB @ WECC *
10/04 – Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line Music Cafe *
10/05 – Chicago, Il @ Thalia Hall *
10/07 – Pontiac, MI @ Crofoot Ballroom *
10/08 – Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall *
10/11 – Montreal, QC @ Theatre Fairmount *
10/12 – Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair *
10/14 – Brooklyn NY @ Warsaw *
10/15 – Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church *
10/16 – Washington DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel *
10/18 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade *
10/19 – New Orleans, LA @ @ Gasa Gasa *
10/21 – Austin, TX @ The Mohawk *
10/22 – Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
10/25 – Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar *
10/26 – San Diego, CA @ The Irenic *
10/28 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy *
10/29 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent *
10/30 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent *
11/01 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios *
11/02 – Seattle, WA @ Neumos
11/05 – Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club
11/06 – Manchester, UK @ Gorilla
11/07 – London, UK @ Oval Space
11/08 – Bristol, UK @ Exchange
11/09 – Brighton, UK @ Haunt
11/10 – Utrecht, NL @ Le Guess Who? Festival
11/12 – Brussels, BE @ Botanique
11/14 – Copenhagen, DK @ Pumpehuset
11/15 – Hamburg, DE @ Molotow
11/16 – Berlin, DE @ Bi Nuu
11/18 – Metz, FR @ Musiques Volantes Festival
11/19 – Paris, FR @ New Noise Festival
11/21 – Strasbourg, CH @ La Laiterie
11/22 – Zurich, CH @ Klaus
11/23 – Milan, IT @ Magnolia
11/24 – Rome, IT @ Quirinetta
11/25 – Bologna, IT @ Locomotiv
11/26 – Neuchatel, CH @ Suprette Festival
11/28 – Cologne, DE @ Luxor
11/29 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso Noord

* = w/ Methyl Ethel

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