Monday, December 28, 2009


 Chhom Nimol of Dengue Fever
Chhom Nimol of Dengue Fever performs at the Echoplex
photo by picksysticks

Metallica’s Kirk Hammett has chosen the song “One Thousand Tears of A Tarantula” from Cambodian-American band Dengue Fever for his Rolling Stone magazine Best Music Of The Decade Ballot. Selected the #2 song of the decade in order of importance, “Tears” sits between Radiohead’s “Everything In Its Right Place” and Mastodon’s “Oblivion” [link]

Dengue Fever’s music is a combination of classic Cambodian pop, Ethiopian jazz and Bollywood blitz, with lyrics mostly sung in lead singer Chhom Nimol’s native language of Khmer. “One Thousand Tears of A Tarantula”, originally released on 2005’s Escape from Dragon House, and again on the 2009 soundtrack to the band’s documentary DVD/CD soundtrack Sleepwalking Through The Mekong is a blistering jam with trance-like lyrics.

While there is no plan (yet) for Dengue Fever to cover “Call of Ktulu” from Metallica’s Ride The Lightning, the band would certainly love to have Hammett guest on the track during the band’s upcoming West Coast tour. Dengue Fever guitarist Zac Holtzman said, “It’s a real honor to have Kirk Hammett pick “One Thousand Tears of a Tarantula” as the second best song of the decade. It’s kind of mind-blowing actually. It also happens to be my mom’s favorite song. We’d love to have Kirk come up onstage and take a solo when we hit the Bay Area next month.”

Chhom Nimol of Dengue Fever
Dengue Fever's Chhom Nimol at the Echoplex
photograph by picksysicks

And after what is sure to be a rockin' New Year's Eve show in hometown LA at The Mint (tickets still available at, Dengue Fever heads up the coast in support of a new project out January 12 called Dengue Fever Presents: Electric Cambodia. Confirmed shows are as follows:

12/31 @ The Mint
01/07 @ SoHo, Santa Barbara, CA
01/08 @ The Independent, San Francisco, CA.
01/09 @ Berbati's Pan, Portland, OR
01/10 @ Neumo's, Seattle, WA

Dengue Fever combed through their personal collections of rare Cambodian cassettes and selected their fourteen favorite tracks for this compilation, featuring artists such as Sinn Sisamouth, Pan Ron, Ros Sereysothea and Dara Chom Chan.

Proceeds from this album will be donated to Cambodian Living Arts which supports the revival of Cambodian traditional art forms and works to inspire contemporary artistic expression.