Preoccupations Have Their Gear Stolen Twice in One Week, Issue Statement and Launch GoFundMe

They Were Robbed in Both Vancouver and San Francisco

May 16, 2018 Bookmark and Share


Preoccupations have been robbed twice in the last week. Yesterday morning the band woke up at their Travelodge in San Francisco to discover that their van and trailer, containing all their gear, had been stolen. But that was on top of them already being robbed in Vancouver in the last week. The band is continuing on with their tour with borrowed equipment, but they have released a statement and launched a GoFundMe campaign to help them replace their gear (check it out here).

Here is the band's statement: "Yesterday was a really tough one, basically everything we own and have worked towards was taken from us. Right as we were hitting our stride, making best friends in the world with Moaning and together really crushing these shows. It was the second time in a week we were robbed, violated and sent into a frenzy of last min running around trying to replace our gear with whatever we could find/afford before the show. As it sunk in yesterday, the time line and logistics, as well as financially it seemed literally impossible for us to continue this run. HOWEVER as devastating as it was it didn't take long for the support of our amazing friends and fans to kick in. That itself was also overwhelming but really just made it clear that this is just a set back. Flegel has the P Bass. He was spooning it in the hotel room and now keeps it handcuffed to his right wrist. We have come to LA in an attempt to blow the roof off the Echo with the help of friends and Moaning and sharing gear. The rest of the tour is still feeling very up in the air, we are taking each day in stride but want to publicly announce a go fund me has been set up in response to so many amazing people offering donations. We love you already and will forever and are beyond thankful."

Preoccupations released a new album, the amusingly titled New Material, this back in March via Jagjaguwar (it was our Album of the Week). Below is the video for "Disarray," followed by the band's upcoming tour dates. 

The post-punk band were formerly known as Viet Cong, but released their first album as Preoccupations, also titled Preoccupations, in 2016 via Jagjaguwar. New Material is thus technically their third album. The band self-recorded the album, which was mixed by Justin Meldal-Johnson (M83, Wolf Alice).

Read our 2016 interview with Preoccupations.

Pick up Under the Radar's current print issue (Issue 63) to read our interview with Preoccupations on New Material.

Preoccupations Tour Dates:

5/17/18 Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo #
5/18/18 Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo # SOLD OUT
5/19/18 Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar #
5/22/18 Austin, TX @ Barracuda
5/23/18 Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
5/24/18 St. Louis, MO @ Firebird 
6/5/18 London, UK @ London Underground
6/7/18 Berlin, D @ Musik & Frieden
6/8/18 Helsinki, Finland Sideways Festival
6/10/18 Hilvarenbeek, NL @ Best Kept Secret Festival
6/11/18 Paris, France @ Maroquinerie
6/12/18 Ramsgate, UK @ RMH
6/13/18 Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club
6/15/18 Dublin, Ireland Donnybrook Stadium
7/3/18 Amsterdam @ Sugarfactory
7/4/18 Hamburg @Molotow
7/5/18 Roskilde, Denmark @ Roskilde Festival
7/8/18 Monts, France Terre Du Son Festival 
7/12 - 7/15/18 - Lithuania @ Devilstone Festival Anyksciai
7/13/18 Dour, Belgium Dour Festival
7/14/18 Brighton, UK The Haunt
7/15/18 Suffolk, UK @ Latitude Festival
7/16/18 Birmingham, UK The Hare and Hound
7/17/18 Bristol, UK The Fleece

# w/ Moaning

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