Dengue Fever is a Californian band whose music blends psychedelic pop and 1960s-era Cambodian rock.
In 2001, the two brothers Zac and Ethan Holtzman took a trip to Cambodia, where they were struck by the local music scene. Upon their return to the US, they started a band with recently-arrived Cambodian singer Chhom Nimol as lead vocalist. Paul Smith joined as drummer, David Ralicke on brass instruments, and Senon Williams as bassist.
Their first album, the self-titled Dengue Fever
, released in 2003, was sung entirely in Khmer and included several covers of 1960s Cambodian rock hits.
In 2005, the band went on a tour in Cambodia, which was recorded in the documentary Sleepwalking Through the Mekong
. The transformational experience provided inspiration for their following albums, Dengue Fever EP
, Escape from Dragon House
, Sip Off the Mekong
and Venus on Earth
. A new album, Cannibal Courtship
, was released in 2011.
Music from the band has been featured in the soundtracks of the series Weeds
, True Blood
and Sanchez Get High
, as well as the films City of Ghosts
and Broken Flowers