French electronic band Poni Hoax hits Cargo Bar

Kieu Giang

French electronic band Poni Hoax - Photo: Courtesy of the organizers

French electronic band Poni Hoax - Photo: Courtesy of the organizers

After the HCMC gig the band will head to Hanoi for a gala music festival featuring both Vietnamese and French artists called “Oh la la” at Hang Day Stadium on October 12.

The five-member Poni Hoax, which was created by musician/saxophonist/pianist Lawrence Bardainne in 2001, also features vocalist/musician Nicolas Ker, bassist/keyboard player Arnaud Roulin, guitarist Nicolas Villebrun and drummer/percussionist Vincent Taeger.

Poni Hoax has been compared to varied popular artists like Daft Punk, Nick Cave, David Bowie and David Byrne. The band is influenced by The Rolling Stones and The Doors.

Their first album was launched in 2006 with two hits “She’s on the Radio” and “Budapest”. When the second album Images Of Sigrid came out in 2008, the band toured the U.S. and Europe.

Vocalist Nicolas Ker who has a French father and Cambodian mother spent part of his childhood during wartime in Cambodia and this was the main inspiration for the band’s third album named A State of War released earlier this year.

The band’s live performance in HCMC hosted by Saigon Sound System and Cargo Bar is among activities to mark the French Year in Vietnam in 2013.

Tickets are priced at VND150,000 for students and early bookings and VND250,000 at the door.

Cargo Bar is located at 7 Nguyen Tat Thanh Street in District 4.

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