On the last Christmas, the Terengganu punk band Cock Say Cock Dung has organised a ‘jamm fest’ at Kemaman known as the Tengkujuh Jamm Fest. Tengkujuh denotes the year end pour that usually experienced by the Malaysian East Coast states. Kemaman is a town in Terengganu just slight north to the famous Cherating beach where surfers would also converge in the end of the year for the high waves. Kemaman is characterised by fishing village and products from the seas as of the rest of the Terengganu state.

Shock&Awe! Media tagged along with members of the band Pusher to observe and to document the event. The videos shot are relatively underlit as the norm, as always, at shows are to function in the lowest level of light as possible. It frustrates our cameraman most of the time. Hence the absence of the video of some of the bands performed :) Here are a few videos that we managed to shot from the show:

Cock Say Cock Dung played first, with their cover of Beastie Boys’ Egg Raid on Mojo:

Pusher’s Medical Prescription:

and crowd’s favourite Dum Dum Tak being the highlight of the show that day:

The show was dominated mostly by local favourite brand of pop/melodic punk. Other than the listed bands, Inikah Hidup have also woken up from their hibernation and played a set. The Let’s Go played the final slot a mixture of some original materials and cover songs. It was an intimate show with a surprising amount of crowds, especially considering there was at least four more shows happening on the same day- at Gudang Noisy Ampang, Ska Fest at Tampin, Negeri Sembilan and at Taiping’s Rainhouse Music, KL’s One Cafe and Batu Pahat’s The Wall. We met a lot of our East Coast friends as well, one came from as far as Tasik Chini ;) and there was the usual eat-together after the show at a stall nearby. Jim Straub of Ride On zine was also spotted tagging along with Nizang to check out the show.

Is the show a life-changing one? No. Is it eye opening and beyond expectation? Neither. But it sure was refreshing to be out of the city and seeing how there are kid’s forming bands and organising gigs in their small towns and still holding on to the whole DIY thing that is inseparable with the DIY hardcore punk community.

Whenever we are available, Shock&Awe! Media Team are able to cover your local DIY events and gigs. We wish to extend our invitation for gig/event organisers to invite us to cover your events and we would appreciate that allocation of passes (i.e. tags) for Media is provided. Support us to support you! Let’s get busy!

Photo by Fikri Amin

Reporter and videoman on the field: Yuen Kok Leong