This past weekend Phnom Penh’s nightlife got busy again by starting with some great combos and showcasing a little bit of everything just to shake things up.
We got to welcome Friday (Dec 6) with the ever-amazing Rhiannon Johnson and Arone Silverman playing some Aacoustic blues at Farm To Table restaurant on Street 360, setting the weekend ambience.
Switching gears slightly, Shortly after that – albeit earlier than expected Cloud Bar on street 9 – got to see a louder and heavier performance from some of South East Asia’s best punk rock and heavy metal, including Doch Chkae, Nightmare AD, SamRocker Band and Afterlife Love Machine, who are a resurrection of former expatriate Nu-metal band, Knell.
These bands showcased all of their original songs for a wide audience of expatriates and Khmers alike.
If people were looking for something more acoustic The Boxchords had it covered over at L.A.B. bar, a hidden little gem on street 288. They rocked the night away with their acoustic soul jam originals that made people just want to groove and move into the weekend in style.
The Hypnotic Fist Technique also played at The Hangout on street 450 on Saturday (Dec 7) combining their usual high energy stage antics with some crowd participation and some big energetic and original songs.
The UK-based Psych-wave duo Geography of the Moon also played us some awesome songs both at Oscars on the corner on street 104 on Friday, then The Vine Phnom Penh on-street 172 for Saturday. When Goodtimes2 asked Virginia Bones – one half of the crazy psychedelic duo how she describes the ban, her answer was “intricate guitar riffs, minimal beats and a voice that covers a wide range of emotions over seemingly simple loops that quickly turn hypnotic, influenced by psychedelic sounds with elements of dark folk, alternative rock, new wave and spoken word” and with such an intense sound this was one show you didn’t want to miss.
We also had Goldilocks Zone and Psykic Electric Playing over at alchemy on street 123.
The Goldilocks zone is a five-piece modern alternative rock band that “takes its influence from everything under the sun and anything in-between” while Psykic Elektric rocked us away with some new wave and 80s funk music originals, as well as a few lesser-known cover songs.
The Uncomfortably White Brothers were spotted playing at Sundance Inn and Saloon after a short hiatus over on street 172 with their soul and blues covers that you did not want to miss.
Ending the weekend with a nice wind down after all of these amazing events was hard, but K’N’E, The Oscars On the corner house band made sure that we didn’t go back to work on Monday feeling ever so blue. They covered such songs as “Black Betty” by Ram Jam and “Mustang Sally” by Wilson Pickett. This band was the perfect way to finish the weekend.
All these bands were able to play, so where were you?