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Weekly Wrap - Commencing Thursday the 14th April 2016

Greetings of the season to all readers of Leng Pleng

We hope you are enjoying the Khmer New Year holiday, wherever you might be.

For those of you having a well-deserved break in Kampot, there will be live music happening tomorrow (Friday) night at The Banyan Tree. Phnom Skor - the edgy, 'dirty blues' band fronted by RJ Marshall and Vantinn 'Tin' Hoeurn - will be prepared for a rocking riverside set. To find out more about Phnom Skor and RJ Marshall, read our Leng Pleng interview.
In 2014 when I was back here ...that's really when we started playing. Tin said 'I want to get a band together' because he'd finished with Sliten6ix and he wanted to do something where he could sing instead of scream and also do more melodic stuff. For the last year he's been listening to loads and loads of really early blues. Basically going through everything he can find and coming up with some real gems of stuff that I'd never heard: Skip James, Son House, Leadbelly, Robert Johnson, Howling Wolf... names I might have heard of but I didn't know the music. It's almost a clich√© to go back to the blues but ...that's been the sort of stuff inspiring the music that we want to do and Tin hates it if I play anything too happy! There is a sound now where we can say 'that's our sound' - which is easier to listen to than describe - ...minor chords, open tunings, eerie. We found a bass player, Damani, who had just arrived in town. Myself, Tin, Damani and Mike [Forster – drums].  - RJ Marshall

Read the full RJ Marshall interview here.

Whatever you're up to over the next few days, stay safe out there and... see you around the traps!

JOE WRIGLEY

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