Tango & Snatch


TANGO & SNATCH

 Punk-rockabilly 
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Ziad Samman - guitar, Kate Liana - bass, Melanie Brew - drums
TANGO & SNATCH
 Punk-rockabilly 






















ZIAD HAS NEW ALBUM OUT!
ZIAD HAS NEW ALBUM OUT!
"As a repeat musical offender of the Phnom Penh scene; between 2009 and 2013 I played many a gigs in a treasure trove of dive bars, guesthouses, and the occasional street corner or tuk tuk around town. It was hard to find a venue that didn’t pay you in tacos, a singular beer, or just with just plain old general distain (mark my words, distain for original music was almost a currency back in 09). Most of the time the venues had poor sound, little to no audience, and those that were in attendance generally didn’t come for the music. Live music performances were treated as if they fulfilled the same role as the music you would find playing in an elevator lobby.  That was pretty much the story of most Phnom Penh music venues at the time with just a few notably rare exceptions.

Equinox was certainly one of those exceptions. The fact that a sound engineer was manning the boards meant it was one of the few venues in town that didn’t sound like a dog’s breakfast hitting the hot cement … (yeah you get it.. even the street dogs get diarrhea!). On the nights that bands played they were paid respectably and the punters came down to listen, boogie, jive, and commit the obligatory pelvic thrust.  Only the best bands in town or those international acts that came through could be found on stage. Equinox represented something band’s would work towards; a goal. 

My band ‘Tango & Snatch’ was fortunate enough to have that opportunity one hot February evening when we opened up for Tasmanian Rock devils ‘The Mincers’. We didn’t necessarily play very well but we reveled in the opportunity to play original music to people who just actually might listen to the songs. Like any good party in the Kingdom of Wonder, one often wakes up the next morning with a ripping Cambodian hangover, memory loss, and a sense of satisfaction. Good thing Anthony would record all the gigs, and if you asked him nicely, he would provide you with a live recording off the mixing desk of your entire performance. What a legend.  
RIP Equinox.”  Ziad