Nov 30 2011
It’s not often that Siem Reap gets visiting bands, though the Dengue Fever gig at the Hotel de la Paix in November was a huge success. So we do get a little bit excited when we hear about new ones coming to town. And this Friday will see the Siem Reap premier of a Phnom Penh-based group, the Grass Snake Union Band. We’re super excited.
Playing a fun and energetic mix of bluegrass, Americana and lo-fi music, the band bloomed out of a jam session early this year and then started to absorb other musicians too. With a range of covers and their own work, the six musicians have been strumming up quite a following down in Phnom Penh, and elsewhere too, following their first international performance in Ho Chi Minh.
Right now, between their day jobs and gigs and other things, they’re recording their first EP at the Boddhi Villa Studios in Kampot. The multinational band consists of TJ Brown on lead vocals and guitar, Jose Encinas on banjo, Daniel Talstra on fiddle, Borja Serrador on bass, Greg Lavendar on drums, and Alex Leonard on vocals, but who also has plans to learn the ukulele.
To get a taste of what they’re about, you can see them all crammed into one tuk tuk for their airing on the Tuk Tuk Sessions.
The Grass Snake Union Band will be playing in front of The Banana Leaf bar on Pub Street this Friday at 21:00. See you there!
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