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The Cambodian Space Project (Gently) Rocks Bangkok

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Christmas Day saw the first performance by the Cambodian Space Project in Bangkok, Thailand.

Founded a year ago by Khmer singer Srey Thy and Australian artist/musician Julien Poulson, the band are based in Phnom Penh and have played some 200 shows in the past twelve months, in Hong Kong, France and Cambodia. They have just released the first vinyl single to come out of Cambodia since the early 1970s and their debut album is out shortly.

The Space Project play an eclectic mix of 1960s Khmer Rock (prior to the Khmer Rouge revolution in 1975, Cambodia had one of the most original and thriving rock music scenes in Asia. Most of the country´s popular artists were killed by Pol Pot´s communists, along side the rest of the small kingdom´s intelligentsia) and contemporary Khmer tunes written by singer Srey Thy.

In Bangkok, the band, stripped down to chanteuse Srey Thy, guitarist and musical director Julien Poulson and new bassist Marc Eberle (ably assisted by Bangkok-based percussionist bEaT) , played two acoustic sets at the WTF Bar (allegedly an abbreviation for What the Fuck), a tiny but excellent new art space cum events venue in the Thai capital.

The Cambodian Space Project managed to pack the venue and played a wide selection of 1960s Khmer Rock favorites, along side their own new material.

Singer Srey Thy was extremely excited to play in front of a Thai audience for the first time and enjoyed her brief stay in the kingdom, walking around local neighborhoods, sampling as much soi food as possible (and loving it) and discovering the many similarities between Thailand and Cambodia.

Click here for a feature story on the band by John Clewley for the Bangkok Post.

Check here for information on the vinyl CSP single I’m Unsatisfied.

Click here for the trailer of the forthcoming documentary ROCK CAMBODIA, featuring the Cambodian Space Project.

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