Tuesday, January 23, 2007


On their debut album former Texas residents VietNam dance around a thin line between Kings of Leon and The Walkmen, and rejuvinate the beer-swigging tendencies of rock & roll. VietNam was formed in Austin in 2000 by guitarists and co-frontmen Joshua Grubb and Michael Gerner, and the two were later joined by bassist Ivan Berko and drummer Michael Foss.

After releasing an EP in 2004 on Vice Records and struggling to make it as a band, they ultimately had a falling out with Vice and signed to New York's Kemado Records, who are releasing VietNam's self-titled debut album today. The album's standout tracks are the unassumingly thoughtful "Priest, Poet & The Pig," and the straight ahead rocker "Welcome To My Room."

VietNam - Priest, Poet & The Pig
VietNam - Welcome To My Room

VietNam are currently on tour with the Lemonheads in support of the album's release, the dates are as follows:

January 23rd -- New York, NY - Mercury Lounge (Record Release)
January 25th –- Carrboro, NC – Cat's Cradle
January 26th -- Charleston, SC – The Music Farm
January 27th -- Athens, GA – 40 Watt Club
January 28th -- Charlotte, NC - Amos' South End
January 30th -- Jacksonville, FL - Jack Rabbits
January 31st -- Orlando, FL - The Social
February 1st -- Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room
February 2nd -- St. Petersburg, FL – State Theatre
February 3rd -- Tallahassee, FL – Beta Bar
February 5th -- Birmingham, AL – Zydeco
February 6th -- New Orleans, LA – The Parish
February 8th -- Houston, TX – Scout Bar
February 9th -- Austin, TX – Emo's
February 10th -- Dallas, TX – Palladium
February 13th -- Memphis, TN – Young Ave Deli
February 14th -- Nashville, TN – Exit In
February 15th -- Maryland Heights, MO – Harrah's Casino
February 16th -- Indianapolis, IN – The Vogue
February 17th -- Milwaukee, WI – Shank Hall
February 19th -- State College, PA – Lulu's
February 20th -- Millvale, PA – Mr. Smalls
February 21st -- Baltimore, MD – Ottobar
February 23rd -- Brooklyn, NY – Southpaw
February 24th -- Hoboken, NJ – Maxwell's
February 25th -- Hoboken, NJ – Maxwell's

Daytrotter has also done a feature on VietNam and provided you with four free songs to download, which you might be interested to peruse. VietNam on Daytrotter

You can remnain up to date with VietNam at their Official site, and MySpace