Support Local Journalism. Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club.

Dengue Fever 

Venus on Earth (M80)


Don't let the "Cambodian rock band" tag scare you. This Los Angeles-based sextet makes global pop music every bit as eclectic and exciting as any group of displaced musicians on the planet. On Dengue Fever's third album, female singer Chhom Nimol rides a wave of echo-heavy surf guitar, ghostly synth squalls, and tricky drum rolls. It's part psych-rock, part retro throwback. When Venus on Earth isn't kicking off its shoes and fixing a '60s-flavored cocktail, it's finding inspiration in Ennio Morricone's The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly score. Or it's just plain freaking out. "Tiger Phone Card" (one of the cuts sung entirely in English) rolls a shagadelic dance-pop tune into a traditional duet about a long-distance relationship that doesn't quite span the galaxy-hopping 26 million miles between here and Venus.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club for as little as $5 a month.

Speaking of CD Review

More by Michael Gallucci

Read the Digital Print Issue

December 1, 2021

View more issues

Most Popular

No recently-read stories.

Visit the archives…


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.


Staff Pick Events

  • We Banjo 3 @ The Kent Stage

    • Sun., Dec. 5
  • Greg Morton @ Hilarities Comedy Club

    • Sun., Dec. 5
  • Open Turntable Tuesday @ The Winchester

    • Tuesdays

© 2021 Cleveland Scene: 737 Bolivar Rd., Suite 4100, Cleveland, OH 44115, (216) 505-8199
Logos and trademarks on this site are property of their respective owners.

Website powered by Foundation