Last Tuesday, DOOKOOM launched their EP, A Gangster Called Big Time, and the video for lead single, ‘Larney Jou Poes’ at Straight No Chaser on Buitenkant street.
With the venue initially packed to capacity, the crowd windled before DOOKOOM finished their set, raising at least one inevitable question: were people just there to be a part of the controversy or did they attend to engage genuinely with the issues the group were raising in their music? Or was there, perhaps another reason for the diminishing crowd during the performance? Those in attendance squeezed into the small venue for the screening of the ‘Larney Jou Poes’ video. It played twice and had many members of the audience chanting along. However, by the time they performed their fourth song most people had vacated and seemed more interested in standing outside, smoking and chatting, for the rest of the performance. The audience contained people of all demographics and there was almost none of the hostility that has characterised DOOKOOM’s presence in the news these past two weeks.
DOOKOOM’s stage presence is abbrasive, confrontational and not for the faint of heart, but it can also be perversely uplifting for those that choose to get lost in the malaise. The question remains though: if they struggle to retain an audience even at their own EP launch, what might that say about the future of their live act? Those that did stay were treated to an angry and passionate performance by Isaac Mutant, L i L i † H, Human Waste, spo0ky and DJ Roach. Check out these pictures to give you a sense of what it was all about.
All images by Gabriella Fregona
Check out their video “Larney Jou Poes”