Bloodsugar Politik in Saigon

Myanmar band Bloodsugar Politik impressed so much after their international debut at the ASEAN Music Festival in Hanoi in May that Saigon Sound System’s Craig Derbyshire has brought them back to Vietnam — this time to Saigon.


Local rock fans will find out for themselves what the big fuss is about if they pop along to Cargo Bar in Q4 on Friday Jul. 12 and Saturday Jul. 13 at 7pm to see the Burmese indie sensations in action.


Original members Kyar Pauk, singer and guitarist, and drummer Veno jammed for a few years and tried their hand at penning songs in English but felt their hands tied at every turn. They tried to release an album in English but were rejected due to censorship. Five years ago Ye Zaw joined on the bass and they started to find their sound.


However, it was only after 2011 when Myanmar began to open up that they were allowed to finally get their music out there. They released the 11-track One Second Sentence last July, their first offering.


“Everyone always asks about our name or gets it wrong,” says Kyar Pauk. “The name reflects the political situation in Burma — it’s like a blood sugar disease, because you don’t see it but you need invasive procedures to see what it is really like.”


He adds: “It will be great to play in Saigon after we had a great time in Hanoi. We sent the ASEAN organizers our link on YouTube and they must have liked it — they called us to play at the festival. It was packed out and we had a great time playing in Hanoi. I hope Saigon is also a great crowd. We thought the Thai bands at the festival were awesome and we also met Vietnamese band 18+. They are really young but their music has so much potential and is really powerful. White Noiz is backing us this weekend and we have heard good things.”


After the high of the weekend wears off it’s back to normality in Myanmar as the trio head to their day jobs. Kyar Pauk is a radio station programmer, Ye Saw, the “geek of the band” is a publicist and music video producer while Veno has his own record label Boxer Music Group and owns a studio.


BloodSugar Politik plays Cargo Bar, 7 Nguyen Tat Thanh, Q4, on Jul. 12 and Jul. 13. For more info, check out or go to


Bloodsugar Politik play Saigon

Photos by Kyle Phanroy

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