Weekly Wrap – Commencing Thursday the 6th Dec 2018

So, Lengplengers… International Human Rights Day celebrations on Monday’s public holiday means the week ahead is ribboned with a rich seam of music for you to mine. High season is here and with the C-word just around the corner, there’s more musical acts new and old, local and visiting, than there are bird seed sellers on Riverside.

A Kazoo and a dream… Ernie Buck vamping at The Garage Bar. Pic: Steve Porte.

 

One thing is for certain, with a long weekend ahead, the now mainstay Phnom Penh tradition of The Garage Party will be taking place this Sunday at Clay George’s always awesome Garage Bar. Now in it’s thirteenth installment, featuring performances from Greg Beshers, Scott Bywater & The Uncomfortably White Brothers, it’s always the perfect way to spend a Sunday evening, if you’re around Street 110 and are in need of instant aural arousal. The air will be filled with the powerful, evocative and plaintive original Folk Rock songs of Scoddy, who released his second long player in January of this year ‘Shore To Shore’. Add to that a rare solo outing for Brother Beshers, who is now rightfully taking his place as Phnom Penh’s version of a love child born from splicing the genomes of Ronnie Wood and Lee Hazlewood. As for what to expect from The Uncomfortably White Brothers… just remember to tell your mama you’ll be home late! Their genre-hopping setlist of unexpected covers, plus a few originals, all share the theme of ‘songs with soul’.

Oscar’s Best Damn Bar is also getting in on the long weekend action, with the last big Metal show of the year Get In The Penh IV! Emceed by scene stalwart and all-round talent, the dynamic Miss Mia Priest. This time you, the beloved gig-going patrons of Phnom Penh live music, will be thrashing around to the incendiary Progressive Death/Groove Metal sounds of Voluptuary. Having formed in Hanoi in 2013, this exciting Vietnamese export are gracing us with their first Phnom Penh performance. Check out their single ‘Nhin Vao Ben Trong’ (in English ‘Looking Into’) from their 2016 album ‘Hoa Tran’ (‘Embody’) to get a taste of what’s in store for you this weekend at Oscar’s…

 

Another shining example of how Metal music in all its’ forms is truly the soundtrack of modern South East Asian youth culture. There’s something about the catharsis of getting lost in the throws of a great Metal show that seems to resonate across the region. The wider Metal world is starting to take note, with publications like Loud magazine and the organisers of Wacken Festival all hailing SE Asian extreme music! Local heroes Sliten6ix and As The Heart Betrays may now be on hiatus, but from their ashes is rising a different beast, in the form of Reign In Slumber. Including members of the incredible Phnom Penh Metal favourites Doch Chkae, these guys are the next ‘one to watch’ band. They will be opening the show with an early set at 7pm, so make sure to be in the pit in good time to catch their Blackened Crust sound this Sunday! Incidentally, this guest writer is sometimes partial to a blackened crust. I usually like to smear mine with Marmite though. Rounding off this intense bill is Mia’s own band Nightmare A.D. Their well-honed brand of Metal/Hardcore has been slaying audiences since their 2014 inception. The release in August this year of their second EP ‘Phantoms Of Our Ruin’ has seen the band push their sound into exciting new realms, showcased on original songs like ‘Vultures’. Check out their Bandcamp page to listen to and purchase their back catalogue…

This is how they all fit in… Checkered past at Tacos Kokopelli last week: Pic: David Flack Facebook

 

This Kingdom Of Wonder we are all fortunate to call home, is seeing more and more happenings in all manner of venues. This high season is already shaping up to be one to go down in the city’s musical history! One example was the skanking-great Ska party of hot new band Checkered Pasts gig at Tacos Kokopelli last week, which saw the iconic intimate venue stuffed to the gunwales with a revelrous record audience! Ariane Parkes’ motley crew of super talented players will be sweeping through more venues around the city throughout the season, so make sure to keep an eye out in Leng Pleng for details of their next unmissable show…

This Saturday sees another surefire instance of capturing lightning in a bottle, with the two-year anniversary show of Hypnotic Fist Technique at The Hard Rock Cafe Phnom Penh. These five guys from various corners of of this watery orb are always a safe bet for an enthralling night! Their unique and seamless blend of Hip Hop, Reggae, Funk and fire will whip you into a Rap-Rocking frenzy, with the duelling vocals of Mike Dynamo and Initial G. Their infectious groove comes from I The Mic Factor on guitar and backing vocals, Supreme Premium D on bass and synths, plus Hot Toddy on the trap set. Hear some of their May 2018 released LP Golden Age: The Sequel to get you in the mood before the show…

Whatever you’re up to over the next few days, stay safe out there and… see you around the traps!

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Ernie Buck

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