Another excellent show in the Converse Rubber Tracks series brought current buzz band Viet Cong to the Opera House on Friday night. With a celebrated album under their belt, and a number of recent local shows – it’s no surprise that the Opera House sold out of free tickets a number of days in advance. By the time they took the stage the room was packed with eager fans ready to see them. Despite a bit of recent controversy surrounding their name, the band seemed unfazed by it. They powered through a set of material largely from their first, self titled record. Notably their drummer was doing an admirable job, despite only having one hand, and having the other made up like a monster claw. While their set could have remained fairly sedentary the band made an effort to move around and engage the audience which was certainly appreciated.
Opening the night was Toronto dream pop group ROLEMODEL. Throughout their quick opening set they made sure to give a shout out to the Converse program that brought everyone there for the evening. While they’ve certainly come a long way since the last time we saw them, they still fall somewhat short as an interesting live band.