Cambodian-American rock band Dengue Fever and Fantasy Records, a division of Concord Music Group, announced today that they have reached an agreement to release the band’s next record worldwide.
Dengue Fever is currently recording their fourth full-length, as-yet-untitled album at the renowned Village studios in West L.A. and their own Shoebox Studios in Los Feliz with a target release date of Spring 2011. The forthcoming record features all new material and tracks in both Khmer and English as does their most recent offering, 2008’s highly acclaimed, Venus on Earth.
Dengue Fever’s ascent from local Eastside Los Angeles indie band to international pop attraction has been a steady climb. Known for their high- energy live shows at clubs, theaters and festivals, the band has garnered attention from some unconventional corners. Metallica’s Kirk Hammett chose their song “One Thousand Tears of a Tarantula” as his second favorite song of the decade in Rolling Stone; in 2010, Dengue Fever was the answer of a question on Jeopardy!; and, True Blood, HBO’s smash television series not only featured band’s music but also named an entire episode after their composition, “Escape from Dragon House.”
The band has garnered critical praise from all over the world. Amazon.com named Dengue Fever’s second album “Escape From Dragon House” the #1 International Release of the year, Spin magazine featured the band in their ‘Breaking Out’ section, and high profile features have appeared in the New York Times, Magnet, Wired, and N.P.R.’s “Fresh Air”, just to name a few.
Worldwide media includes features in Time Magazine International, UK’s Mojo magazine, Voice of America, Norway’s NRK television and Cambodia’s CTN. Topping it all off, the band appeared on the BBC’s popular British television series Later With Jools Holland. Ray Davies of the Kinks, also appearing on the program, said “They sound like a cross between Blondie and Led Zeppelin and I should know, I’ve toured with both.”
In May, Dengue Fever returned from a whirlwind world tour of Norway, Sweden, Germany, Turkey, Vietnam, Hong Kong and Cambodia. While in Cambodia, the band was invited to headline a special event sponsored by the Embassy of the United States of America in honor of the 60th Anniversary of diplomatic relations between the United States and Cambodia. They also headlined a benefit in conjunction with Cambodian Living Arts an organization that aims to preserve traditional Cambodian music and dance.
About Dengue Fever
Dengue Fever is Cambodian songstress Chhom Nimol, Zac Holtzman (guitar/vocals), Ethan Holtzman (keyboards), Senon Williams (bass), Paul Smith (drums) and David Ralicke (horns). They have released three albums, Dengue Fever, Escape From Dragon House Venus On Earth and the DVD/CD soundtrack to the band’s documentary Sleepwalking Through The Mekong, in addition to a collection of lost Cambodian classics, Dengue Fever Presents: Electric Cambodia. They are based in Los Angeles.