I first heard Dengue Fever a bit less than a year ago. My friend Geoff recommended them to me, saying I should give them a listen and check out their show as they were coming through Seattle. I missed the show but really enjoyed their latest long play, Escape From Dragon House.
I've since seen them live, at an amazing set during SXSW, and now it's my turn to recommend them. They're a very cool and unique band, mixing American surf rock and psychedelic garage with Cambodian pop. Oh, and they get jazzy, folksy and rocky a bit too.
They're fronted by Cambodian star Ch'hom Nimol, who's haunting and memorable vocals bring everything together and give them that little something extra that makes them really special.
And they really do put on a great show. I highly recommend checking them out next time they come anywhere near where you're at. Ch’hom Nimol is beautiful in so many ways and an absolute pleasure to watch, and listen to, and the rest of the band is very fun, entertaining and full of energy.
Bumbershoot Performance: 1:30 p.m. at the Bumbrella Stage on Sunday, September 3nd. They'll also be playing a live set broadcast online at KEXP 90.3 FM at 2:30 p.m. on Monday.