Canadian group Viet Cong agree to change their controversial band name

"Our band name is not our cause, and we are not going to fight for it," band say in online statement.

Viet Cong, the Canadian group named after a Vietnamese political group with its own army, have confirmed that they will change their name.

The band remained bullish in the face of criticism of the band name in the past, even after they lost gigs due to opposition from the public to the name. However, in a new statement published online last night (September 19), they laid out plans for change and explained their thought process.

“Art and music are about creative expression,” the statement begins. “However, our band name is not our cause, and we are not going to fight for it. This is not what our band is about.”

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“The truth is, we’ve been planning to change the band name for the next record for months; it has not been an easy decision by any means,” the band add. “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.”

However, the band formerly known as Viet Cong do not have a new name yet: “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.”

Earlier this year the band had a gig at a university in Ohio canceled following complaints about their name, with the promoter at the venue saying the name “deeply offends and hurts Vietnamese and Vietnamese-American communities.”

The band released their debut album via Jagjaguwar