It Dockumer Lokaeltsje - Alles is Goed (CD Makkum Records)

When I was about 17, I went out with my mates for a night on the lash. As I was underage I was kept as far away from the bar as possible. So, my job was to guard the table and make sure no one took any chairs or nicked our coats. Luckily, the only table was near where the bands played. Normally it was just covering for the weekend warriors. Nothing against that kind of thing, but on this occasion a band that played originals came on. The music they made was fierce, full of brilliant melodies but generally terrifying. After four songs the landlord asked them to play covers. They lasted a good half an hour then walked off for the headliner, a covers band, to take over for the rest of the night. I never caught their name or saw them again. When listening to ‘Alles is Goed’ I’m reminded of that night. The danger. The passion and the sheer enjoyment of hearing a band that does not give a toss about the audience and just play for the love of it. 

There is something wonderfully delightful about listening to ‘Alles is Goed’ by Dutch post-punk legends It Dockumer Lokaeltsje. On one hand the music is abrasive and devastating. Everything we’ve come to expect from It Dockumer Lokaeltsje really, but the music is filled with captivating riffs and brilliant melodies. The title track has this wonderful riff that has a weird blues twang to it that really gets lodged in your head. You know. Like a metal spike. It just stays there. For days if you let it go unchecked. ‘Reade Lippen’ sounds like Mclusky covering Gorillaz. It’s catchy but filthy. ‘De Rover en de Prins’ is the standout track. Any song that starts with jaunty whistling over a driving bassline is a winner in my book. ‘Ik Yn It Echt’ has this disorientating bit near the end when the drummer just starts playing something totally different to the rest of the band. It is really jarring, and slightly off putting, but it works in this really unexpected way that when the drums slot back in place you miss the weird freak out.  

At 22-minutes long ‘Alles is Goed’ is a svelte affair. There is no excess fat on any of the songs. They last the exact amount of time needed to get their point across and not a second longer. The music is functional. Yes, we can tell that It Dockumer Lokaeltsje are great players, but they aren’t showing off. Which I’m grateful for. If I want to listen to a self-indulgent solo fest, I have Skynyrd or free jazz for that. When I listen to ‘Alles is Goed’, everything definitely is good. NR