Phnom Skor are a four‐piece ‘dirty blues’ outfit based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Most of the songs they perform are originals, written by the band.
The name is Khmer for ‘sugar mountain’. ‘Dirty blues’ refers not to the lyrics but to the distinctive, deliberately lo‐fi yet in many respects technically masterful sound.
Part punk, part grunge, part eerie, with devilish dissonance and baroque overtones, it is always informed and inspired by back‐to‐the‐roots Delta blues.
Overdriven acoustic slide guitar, minor open tunings, a scratchy 1930s‐style Dobro and full‐blooded Les Paul pair with sublime bass lines, carefully orchestrated drum rhythms, and growling, gritty blues vocals.
The band developed out of a musical partnership between singer Vanntin ‘Tin’ Hoeurn and guitarist Richard ‘RJ’ Marshall. Joining them are bassist Damani ‘Danzo’ Ke’Aloha and drummer Mike Forster.
Since forming in 2015, the band have garnered a following in Cambodia, where they have played and toured widely.
In April of this year they recorded a track for the Angkor Pop: homage to Iggy Pop project and have been in the studio over the summer months working on their forthcoming debut EP.
They are now back on the live circuit, with appearances scheduled at the Kampot Readers’ and Writers’ Festival on November 4th