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Biography

It Dockumer Lokaeltsje is an avant-garde punk band based in Leeuwarden, The Netherlands.

Influenced by various bands from the psychobilly, cowpunk en no-wave genres the band created their own brand of experimental post-punk in short songs, mostly sung in the Frisian language. The band is named after an old steam train that used to run from Leeuwarden to Dokkum in the early 1900s.

A merry cult phenomenon in the Dutch underground circuit, It Dockumer Lokaeltsje was active from 1985 to 1988. Their 1986 début mini-LP, Wil met U neuken! ('Want To Fuck You!'), was selected by John Peel and played on BBC Radio. The 1987 album, Moddergat, was the band's final studio outing. Everything they recorded (including demo recordings and radio sessions) was released on one CD in 1990: It Dockumer Totaeltsje.

The band members parted ways and re-surfaced in other bands. Guitarist, Sytse J. van Essen, was succesful with bands such as LUL, Klinkhamer and Nothing. Drummer, Fritz de Jong, toured internationally with LUL. Bassist, vocalist and main songwriter, Peter Sijbenga, fronted Deinum, Sex Ettek and Dish Hunt.

It Dockumer Lokaeltsje re-united in 2014 for a string of live appearances. They also started to write new material, which culminated in a new album, Tonger, released in 2017.

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