Vietnam marks their long-awaited return with a new full-length album, an A.merican D.ream. Michael Gerner, the creative force behind Vietnam, is back for the first time in five years with a new six-piece lineup laying down their renowned signature cocktail of apocalyptic street blues.
After taking a long break to explore his interest in ambient analog synth soundscapes on the West Coast (scoring films and recording with his project D.A.), Gerner has now made a bold comeback to both New York City and rock and roll with his best record to date – adding a new dimension to the instrumentation with a moog player and a violinist. aAD is a cinematic dark concrete ride that revs through demons and detours with greasy grace.
Throughout the 2000’s, vocalist/guitarist/songwriter Gerner and his revolving lineups spent years tirelessly burning up America’s moonlit highways and releasing memorable records that include the critically-acclaimed self-titled debut LP on Kemado Records in 2007, three prior EP’s on The Social Registry, and their debut, The Concrete’s Always Grayer on the Other Side of the Street, on Vice Records in 2003. When the work, hopes, and dreams finally culminated in a crescendo of across-the-board success, Michael Gerner and Vietnam disappeared without a trace…until now.
We here at Mexican Summer, are truly grateful for the reunion of an inspirational artist and original band.