Andrew Witmer

Viet Cong’s Drummer Plays SXSW with One Arm

While some might not know the band, the drummer sure made an impression at the renowned festival.

Mike Wallace, drummer for the band Viet Cong, made many nervous when he took the stage with his arm in a sling. But the band gave a stunning performance, offering a familiar, but delightfully simple sound.

“With Wallace’s limited mobility and missing sample pad, Viet Cong made space for the audience to hear Flegel’s incomparable, gaunt vocals. Without Wallace’s thunder, Viet Cong’s songs sounded different, but they weren’t lacking.”

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