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20 min
Multimedia performance
Indonesia, 2015

The stage act of Racun Kota, or literally translated as the ‘City’s Poison’, reminded us on the condition of the music world when Slank – a local rock band – emerged on stage during the early 1990s. Its debut was like the representation of the marginal class successfully entering the glass screen. Aside from their grass root lyrics, Slank’s ordinary appearance had seemed to hypnotize the generation at the time in releasing their ‘youth’ expression. The Jakarta based trio can be said to be similar to Slank in their musical aesthetics, though they dwell in different genre.

Racun Kota has always presented raw music materials, however these are attractively wrapped up with their frontal stage acts. The roughly sounding, everyday life lyrics tend to brighten up the atmosphere. Nevertheless, the “dirty” visual appearance presented in almost every show has dragged audience to be swayed deeper. It is as if the trio represents all unspoken personal dissatisfaction felt by most individuals. It is perfect to say that they are the instrument of freedom for the youth.

Racun Kota

Fun-based experimental music project by Jablay, Toxicologhy, Eloco Tigre. This trio who all three lived in Jakarta and has different employment background, ranging from street artist to car dealer employees always presents a wild performance. In their stage action, they always mix different elements. One of the elements is visualization, with pictures which are usually considered taboo in the manners of society in general.