Sunday, November 13, 2011

DF in da house

Chhom Nimol gets the audience to join in the song A Go Go
Dengue Fever rocked da house. The FCC was packed to the rafters with over 300 swaying bodies crammed into the bar-restaurant last night as Cambodian-American psychedelic pop hit the city's riverside with a big bang. It was the start of their 8-date tour of the Mekong region, to celebrate their tenth year together and to promote their latest album. Glamorous songstress Chhom Nimol belted out more than twenty songs with her piercing voice, the majority in Khmer, whilst bearded Zac Holtzman wowed the audience with his superior guitar skills, bassist Senon Williams stood tall and jumped even taller as only he can do with David Ralicke's sax, Ethan Holtzman on keys and drummer Paul Smith completing the ultra-talented line-up. They played tight and fast and the audience loved it. They have been doing it for a decade now and it showed. Today they head for Kampot and follow that with shows in Siem Reap, Battambang (a homecoming for Nimol), Phnom Penh and Tonle Bati of all places. This is an opportunity for rural Cambodia to get a taste of one of America's hottest bands and they don't get much better than DF. The FCC wasn't the ideal venue to host such a popular band, but it did the job in creating a sweaty, intimate, in your face gig. The hordes of photographers were a pain in the arse, but that's show business. The band's next stop-off in the capital, on Friday 18 Nov at Diamond Island, should allow a lot more people to see them, as they'll perform a benefit gig for Cambodian Living Arts, a project close to their hearts. Great gig and a great band.
Bassist Senon Williams trying to look less tall than usual
The unmistakable beard of ace guitarist Zac Holtzman, plus yellow plectrum
Chhom Nimol in one of her quieter moments
Chhom Nimol asks Zac Holtzman to shave his beard
The 20+ song set-list for the evening
Rumnea gets to meet Chhom Nimol, after a session on stage dancing with the singer

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Blogger ChinaGail said...

Love the band and sooooooo jealous that we didn't get to come over and see them on this tour. Thanks for the story and wonderful pictures. I am looking forward to reading more of your experiences in Cambodia...Thanks! Gail Galloway

November 16, 2011 at 7:08 AM  

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