How many people do a punk scene make? 50 or 60 like in Cuba, Hundreds like in Medellin? thousands like in NYC? how about 1? Well in San Pedro Sula I made contact with at least one punk rocker, Richie Ramone. He’s actually originally from Costa Rica but if things go well, I’ll get to meet and interview Richie when I roll back through SPS after my brief stopover in Roatan over the weekend.
Below is a sneak preview of what you can expect us to cover, taken from the email Richie sent me and posted with his permission.
Richie, thanks man.. I was starting to wonder if I’d find any punks on this trip. Haven’t struck out yet, so thanks for keeping the streak alive for me. You are correct, Punk is most certainly not dead.. not even in San Pedro Sula, Honduras.
See you soon.
Rob, whats up.
My name is Richie. Everyone knows me as Richie Ramone(you can find me on facebook under that name).
I saw the ad on FB, and wanted to send you an email about this. PUNK IN HONDURAS.
Punk in Honduras, is not something you will see in the streets. Unfortunately, this whole country is very traditional, and punk, is not understood AT ALL. You may find a few reaaaaally young kids in the street dressed in black with a green day tee shirt here and there, but they are far from the true concept of punk, in my opinion. Im 30. I lived in Costa Rica since i was 15 until i was 25, and discovered punk there. I’d hit the bars, and places where my favorite local bands played, and felt part of this whole group of people who were in it for this feeling.
In Costa Rica, its alot more understood, this punk deal.
As I moved threw life, i kept my punk roots in my soul. I’ve met soooo many people threw this ” attitude ” and some of my best friends ive met thanks to punk.
Honduras, however, is a very tricky place. Its very misunderstood, as there is very little education about punk. I met some young kids at a soccer game once, who all had ramones, and my chemical romance tees. I was pretty stoked to see other people who may like punk. After a brief conversation, they said they have never really heard ramones. They just asociated it with the bands they liked, like My Chemical Romance, and Linkin Park, and even mentioned Alkaline Trio, sum 41..etc.
I asked if they have ever heard of The Germs, or Youth BRigade…maybe some misfits or even Social D. No, they said. Oh well.
My point is, i moved back here in 05. I learned something very important about being a punk in a country filled with preppy LAdy Gaga fans and regeton fans. I keep my music to myself. Ive NEVER seen a good band in San Pedro Sula. NEVER. There is no place to go see a show. There is no true punk as a comunity. Just a bunch of posers playing Bon Jovi covers at places like TGIF’s. I am who i am though. I keep my head low, and fill my music collection with as much new music(punk please) as I can. My attitude in this place is one of I just dont care to try to educate people of what a music scene is. Its just LAME, and i am disapointed as hell. As a fellow punk rocker, you know how easy it is to start a band. I havent been on stage in Honduras since i moved here.
No one plays punk. Metal rules the underground, and emos sport the gear. Every once in a while, i gotta take a road trip to COsta Rica to catch Strung Out, or a Misfits show. Propagandi, and even Guttermouth have been down there. In a world like the one I live in, ive settled down, and just keep my passion and luv for punk all to myself. I still come home, plug into my amp, and play for hours. You know what though? I like it this way better. I love knowing something no one else around me knows, and I love knowing I have friends all around the world who share this passion to kick ass and know this: “Against the Grain. Thats where I’ll stay” -bad religion
Im 30 now dude. Im much more passive than when I was 20, or 16. Bottles to the Ground only applies on certain occasions now. To me punk, is in my soul, and will always be there. Because of criminal discrimination in this country regarding Tattoos, and a different looks to polo shirts and dress shirts, ive kept my cool. But ive kept a hoop in my nose to remind people I see in the streets, even at weddings or business meetings and other formal occasions that THIS MOTHERFUCKER IS A FREE SPIRIT.
Peace brother. I strongly recommend you hit up Costa Rica. You’ll find a FANTASTIC community there. Take care.