Free Download: Dengue Fever / Cement Slippers
Unless you’re already “in the know,” the phrase Dengue Fever will probably conjure up thoughts of a mysterious tropical illness, not necessarily the enigmatic band who serves up an exotic blend of Cambodian melodies, Afro grooves, surf, and psychedelic rock. But that will change on April 19th, when Dengue Fever, the six-piece group from Southern California, releases Cannibal Courtship. The band’s first studio album in three years features 11 new tracks with songs sung in English and Khmer, Cambodian singer Chhom Nimol’s native language. First single “Cement Slippers” is a slinky, spiky rock track, reminiscent of what would happen if the B-52s met the Pixies in 2011, you can download it below for free.
Dengue Fever formed ten years ago after keyboardist Ethan Holtzman traveled to Cambodia and fell in love with the country’s unique take on rock music, heavily influenced by the surf sounds of the 1960s. His brother, guitarist and singer Zac Holtzman, had separately discovered the subgenre and, upon Ethan’s return to the States, assembled the other musicians: bassist Senon Gaius Williams, drummer Paul Dreux Smith, and brass/woodwinds player David Ralicke. But their sound wasn’t complete until they heard Nimol – a star in her home country who had performed for the King and Queen of Cambodia – sing at Southern California venue the Dragon House.