If you’ve been following my travels or this blog, you are aware that I was in Bogota and Medellin, Colombia last December for the big Casualties show there. It was a memorable event and a heck of a lot warmer than NYC right now so I sure wish I was back there.
One of the highlights of the trip was meeting Medellin’s legendary punk band I.R.A. backstage just before they went on to open for The Casualties. If you don’t know these guys, they’ve been around for a long, long time and have toured the U.S., including a stop at NYC’s infamous CBGBs back in the day. They’ve even authored a book on the punk scene in Colombia and graciously gave me a copy, which is serving as a nice incentive for me to get fluent in Spanish more quickly so I can read it.
In true punk fashion, the guys were cool as hell and graciously agreed to let me interview them for the documentary. With my bad Spanish and their so-so English we were able to struggle through an interview that shed a little light on what the punk scene was and is like in Colombia and South America. If you look closely you’ll see some of the guys from The Casualties in the background chilling before the show.
Check it out and please let me know what you think.