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Viet Cong Drummer Shares Photo Essay About Playing SXSW With a Broken Hand

Mike Wallace's left hand was out of commission

One of the many, many cool things we saw at South By Southwest was Viet Cong’s Mike Wallace crushing the drums with only one hand for most of the festival. Wallace injured his hand before the band’s showcase at the Mohawk, but dutifully played with one arm tied behind — err, in front of — his back. He took the stage several times despite his handicap, and, if his performance at our Stubb’s Showcase was anything to go by, didn’t miss a beat. The band recently shared a series of photos on their Facebook page documenting the saga of Wallace’s injury, and features an appearance by his literal left-hand man, Swan’s Thor Harris, who helped him play drums on some of the more complex songs. Check the pictures out below. 


“Happy BDAY Monty” 3/15, Indianapolis at Joyful Noise is where the mayhem began; perhaps it was one too many birthday…

Posted by Viet Cong on Sunday, March 15, 2015


“XRAY” I’m a big fan of irony most of the time, but this dose is a bit much considering the term “Boxers Fracture”, and the cover our self-titled record! #boxersfracture #gnarbounty

Posted by Viet Cong on Tuesday, March 17, 2015


Sorry Dallas pals, we have to bail on Spillover Festival. Mike needs to see a doc! Thanks for all the fun at SXSW!See you in Denver!(pic: Paul Carter/ Stereogum)

Posted by Viet Cong on Saturday, March 21, 2015


“Wallace & Thor ” I called in some back up, I had no idea Thor lives in Austin or the capacity of how amazing he really…

Posted by Viet Cong on Wednesday, March 25, 2015


“Bloodshred” After 6 one-handed shows in 3 days, Mike’s right hand was taking the heat #bloodshred #vietcong #gnarbounty #sxsw #faderfort

Posted by Viet Cong on Wednesday, March 25, 2015


“Ocean Of Despair” Thor came to meet up with us after the show and gave us all individually a signed copy of a really beautiful book he made ! What a guy ! #oceanofdespair #vietcong

Posted by Viet Cong on Wednesday, March 25, 2015


“Wallace & Thor” I LOVE this man !!!! #thor #vietcong #gnarbounty #sxsw photo: Nick Helderman Photography

Posted by Viet Cong on Wednesday, March 25, 2015