Frinjan Edisi 26 @ Kompleks Belia dan Kebudayaan Selangor, Shah Alam – 27/1/2012

Frinjan events are usually lots of fun. Even if the bands playing aren’t that great, its still a nice environment to hang out it and have a look around at all the tables of things people are selling. Lots of books, CDs and clothes. At this month’s Frinjan I had a little “free table” with all the stuff I want to get rid of before I leave Malaysia. Thanks to the pak cik who picked up the two books to learn English.

Dum Dum Tak
25 min 6 sec / 34.4 MB / 192kbps MP3
Dum Dum Tak are awesome and I can’t believe it took me this long to realise it. In terms of sound, Dum Dum Tak are just a punk band, but that’s not really the point. The message, is the point (as well as the language its delivered in – Dum Dum Tak being one of the only punk bands I’ve seen to use Malay for the majority, if not all, of their lyrics). I guess in a way Dum Dum Tak feels like they’re Malaysia’s Marjinal, but of course it’s not fair to put so much weight on trying to make comparisons. There’s a cover of The Internationale in Malay, a cover of Nyanyi Budaya Pembebasan and two Marjinal covers – Negri Ngeri and Marsinah. As well as a few of their own songs about politics and life in Malaysia and, of course, the recording includes the sound of all the people around me yelling along to the parts they know.

Members of Dum Dum Tak also recently published a book about punk in Malaysia called Punk Rock: Disebalik Fesyen dan Muzik Bising, which as the title suggests, is written in Malay. When I get around to reading it I might even do a few translations of the good parts. But that might not be for a while. Until then, at least there’s this little recording.

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