DENGUE FEVER's psychedelic take on the Cambodian pop sounds of the 60s makes them one of rock'n'roll's most unique stories. Their Asian Psychedelic sound draws enthusiastic crowds from LA to the UK , from Maui to Moscow, and leaves critics ever looking for new superlatives to describe their music. Amazon.com named their album, Escape From Dragon House, the #1 international release for 2005, cementing their position as a global phenomenon. In England, Mojo named Escape to their Top 10 World Music releases of 2006. In Rolling Stone's best of the decade issue, Kirk Hammett of Metallica named Dengue Fever’s “One Thousand Tears of a Tarantula” as the second best song of the decade.
Brothers Ethan (keyboards) and Zac (guitar) Holtzman started Dengue Fever in 2001 when they discovered they shared a love for the Cambodian pop music of the 60s. After adding sax man David Ralicke (Beck/Brazzaville), drummer Paul Smith and bassist Senon Williams, they went looking for a Cambodian singer. Enter Chhom Nimol, who performed regularly for the King and Queen of Cambodia . Her powerful singing, marked by a luminous vibrato that adds exotic ornamentations to her vocal lines, and hypnotic stage moves based on traditional dances, complimented the band's driving Cambodian/American sound.