Last weekend’s punk show in Montevideo featuring my buddies, Rudos Wild was all it was cracked up to be. A celebration as it was Camilo’s (Guitar Rudos Wild) birthday; a reunion, it was my first time back to Uruguay in almost exactly one year; and most importantly a kick ass punk show.
The show got started off with a very good and talented surf punk band which offered a nice warm up for what was to come next, which was a loud, rollicking good punkabilly time from Rudos Wild.
The guys brought me up on stage to help sing a little Social Distortion and I can’t believe I forgot the words to “Cold Feelings” but no one seemed to notice or mind my mumbling certain parts and it was a nice thrill.
The punks crowd in Montevideo is a dedicated bunch and I want to thank them for their hospitality while I was there. Video from the concert as well as photos and video from the Rudos Wild music video shoot to come soon, but in the meantime, feel free to enjoy the pics from the show!
You may recall that about a year ago I was visiting Buenos Aires, Argentina winding up a 3 country trip (Chile, Argentina, Uruguay) when an unscrupulous and fake taxi driver took advantage when I let down my guard.
My man took off with my cameras, passport, computer and most importantly, 3 weeks worth of footage that I had shot forPunktology, the documentary about the worldwide influence of punk music. I chased him down the streets of Buenos Aires in a vicious rain storm like a mad man to no avail.
New Friends from Mundo Bizzaro in Feb. 2010
If you missed it my little adventure, well you can read about the debacle HERE. After years of travel in Latin America it was the first time I had been robbed and it was a pretty low point for me. But as with most bad things that happen in life, there was some good sprinkled in.
After briefly entertaining the idea of cutting the trip short and heading back to NYC, I decided to forge ahead to Montevideo, Uruguay with an intent to beg, borrow or steal (ooops, not steal!) a camera to salvage some footage form my month long trip in really way down south, South America.
Batra at Rehearsal at Salon Pueyrredon in Buenos Aires
Turns out the punks of Montevideo were awesome and came through big time, borrowing various cameras so that I could book some pretty decent interviews. You can still check out in the archives if you like (type “Uruguay” or “Montevideo” in the search bar). Thanks to my amigos in Montevideo, I didn’t return to NYC empty handed.
Now, It’s time I head back, back to the scene of the crime. Back to Buenos Aires not to exact my revenge (though I have day dreamed about what it would be like to see the bald little weasel who took my stuff), but to go back to Salon Pueyrredon to take in a punk show; back to Mundo Bizarro to check out the rockabilly scene and back to Montevideo, Uruguay, where this time Ill have my own camera (with proper sound equipment). The punks from Buenos Aires and Montevideo should be well represented.
This time, in addition to covering the punk, rockabilly and psychobilly scenes for you, I’m also working on another new, exciting project, a travel show called “Raw Travel” check it out HERE.
Because I’m working on dual projects this time, I have a really tight agenda but here is a preview of what you can expect.
First in Buenos Aires I plan on passing by Salon Pueyreddon again to catch up with my friends there and see how things have changed in a year. This spot is a good spot to see a good live rock or punk show. It’s always full of good people like Kita, the psychobilly bartender, or Maria who runs publicity for the venue or Batra one of the owners or Anita the rockabilly queen.
Psychobilly fan Kituh @ Salon Pueyrredon
We will also stop by Mundo Bizarro where we hope to hook up with manager Pinata to document the rockabilly scene in BA as well as hopefully repeat our interview with local rockabilly band Los Primitivos which never got published.
If Dos Minutos is around, we’ll hook up with them again and we hope to drop in on a rehearsal with our buddies at Drop Dead Dreams.
Rudos Wild After Rehearsal in Feb. 2010
In Montevideo, we are planning on shooting Rudos Wild for Raw Travel and shoot some footage for a kick ass music video, beginning with their concert at the Apartado Bar on 2/18/11 for Punk Outlaw Records.
Then on 2/21 we’ll be shooting the city sites for Raw Travel. We hope to swing by our buddies at the Clash City Rockers and Decibilios bars as well!
And if there are punks in Salta, Argentina (we know there are), we hope we’ll be able to tell you all about it as we head there for 4 days of Raw Travel.
But the best part of any trip are the unplanned, spontaneous things that happen. Who knows what might pop up, so stay tuned.
I try to stay open to the unexpected, embrace what the universe throws at me, but I truly hope I’m not chasing a fake taxi driver down the streets of Buenos Aires this time. But life is crazy. You never know.
Not sure what’s in the water these days but there is a lot of new music on the horizon. I mean Social Distortion has a new CD out in a matter of days and that happens less often than a presidential election (The last Social D. full release was in 2004).
But a healthy music scene isn’t just judged by the legends touring and putting out new music, but new bands bursting onto the scene.
For me 2010 was a great year of discovering new music from many, many diverse places. Off the top of my head my new music discoveries that are still sticking with me include the “Cobra Skulls” which I saw the Knitting Factory in NYC and wrote about HERE.
Other cool punk bands I discovered in 2010 were from Chicago (I gotta get there soon) called “Juicehead” which I heard on Sirius radio and another one called “Pegboy” which a friend recommended.
On the international front, new music I discovered in 2010 included my boys “Rudos Wild” a punkabilly band from Uruguay and “Los Suziox” a talented punk band from Colombia after visits there for the documentary Punktology.
2011 is off to a quick start as a couple of new bands have hit me up recently telling me about their new releases and while I normally only write or share about bands I’ve actually seen, I thought I’d share the info with you guys, because why should I keep all the goodies to myself.
The first is an indie pop punk band called Moovalya from Tucson, Arizona. Their sound is very radio friendly and you could definitely imagine them on the Warped Tour some day.And while my taste run a little more narrow and a lot more hard core, there is no arguing the guys are good musicians. You can check out their video below and judge for yourself.
On the complete other end of the spectrum and next up on my radar is a new LA psychobilly band called “Cold Blue Rebels” who have a debut CD coming out as well. Now eventually, when I’m finished with my South American tour of duty sometime in 2011, we’ll be heading to Los Angeles to live, work and generally soak up the punk, psychobilly and rockabilly scenes. Cold Blue Rebels give me a chance to get a nice head start.
Below is a little Q&A I had with CBR, followed by their music video from their forthcoming CD! Check em out and let me know what you think.
Here is hoping 2011 brings just as much good new punk music as 2010! We’re off to a good start.
Cold Blue Rebels
1) HOW LONG HAS COLD BLUE REBELS BEEN AROUND?
CBR has been around just over a year now. Things have happened incredibly fast for us. The timing for this band has been perfect. We’ve gone from formation, rehearsals, gigs to record deal and release in one year. Dreams really DO come true!
2) HOW DO YOU DESCRIBE YOUR MUSIC?
Rockin’ Horror Psychobilly, heavy on the ‘billy! A cross between the Stray Cats and Alice Cooper, with tongue firmly planted in The Munstermobile.
3) WHO ARE SOME OF YOUR MUSICAL INFLUENCES?
Ramones, Gene Vincent, Elvis, Nekromantix, The Clash, Stray Cats, Herman Munster, Johnny Cash, KISS. 4) TELL ME ABOUT THE NEW CD? IS THIS YOUR FIRST? WHERE CAN PEOPLE BUY IT?
Yeah, this is our debut CD and it’s called “Blood, Guts n’ Rock & Roll” It is distributed worldwide by Horror High Records and is also available online at AMAZON & iTUNES:
Our CD has 12 tracks on it including a psycho cover of Wanda Jackson’s “Riot In Cell Block #9” , and every song on it is definitely going to stick in your zombie fucking heads! There is some neo-rockabilly, some punk, and even some doo wop on there! We wanted to make an album that stands out from the rest of the psychobilly bands out there, and I think we’ve done it!! It was important to us to not just be another “punk band with an upright bassplayer”… We’ve got some chops in this band, and when you got it baby, flaunt it!
5) WHATS GOING ON WITH THE PSYCHOBILLY SCENE IN LA RIGHT NOW? IS IT GATHERING STEAM?
It depends who you ask really. I’ve been to gigs that are just slammin’, many events by Black Cat Entertainment and Tiger Mask and other promoters around town. Some of the bands are legendary! Guana Bats, The Polecats, Mad Sin… But what I love are the crowds… when it’s an all ages event, they are just tops!
6) ANY PLANS TO TOUR? WHERE?
Yes, definitely A LOT of touring in 2011! We’re doing a Northwest run with The Rocketz during March, and expect to hit the mid-west and Great Lakes shortly after that. Meanwhile we are constantly touring the Southwest all year long because we are conveniently based in Los Angeles.
7) WHY DO YOU THINK PSYCHOBILLY IS SO POPULAR ON THE WEST COAST?
I think it’s partly because there are many great bands from here, or at least based here. Bands like Tiger Army, Nekromantix, The Rocketz, The Chop Tops. We’ve also got great festivals here that support the genre like Viva Las Vegas, Ink & Iron, and a long list of Car Shows and car clubs.
California is the perfect place to live if you are into rat-rods and old cars, too, which many psychos and ‘billys are into… (I oughta know, I drive a ’56 Ford that I call “Ratty!”) Cool cars and rock n roll music have always gone together. Mix in a little old time California surf music and culture and some classic Hollywood horror film imagery… it’s really the perfect place for all these ingredients to come together.
8) ANY PARTING THOUGHTS?
Yes, thanks for helping us get the word out there. People, buy our CD and come out to see us when we are playing in your area. We love to hang out with and meet our fans. Don’t be shy. We’re hoping to be around for many more years to come, so come on out and cultivate a relationship with us! Cheers!
AIM TELL-A-VISION GROUP LAUNCHES PUNK OUTLAW RECORDS
- Emerging Label Signs Two Latin American Punk Bands, “Rudos Wild” & “Los Suziox” -
New York, NY September 14th, 2010 – The AIM Tell-A-Vision® Group (AIM TV) announced today the launch of “Punk Outlaw Records” as part of their “Punk Outlaw® Productions content banner. The digital record label will initially focus on 360 degree partnerships importing music from emerging punk & independent artists.
AIM TV Founder, Robert G. Rose, formed Punk Outlaw Records when traveling abroad gathering material for his documentary “Punktology…The Worldwide Influence of Punk”. Rose witnessed firsthand that the DIY (Do It Yourself) spirit of punk music was very much alive and thriving in places where artists sacrificed tremendously to make music in the face of incredibly challenging circumstances.
The new record label’s roster of recently signed artists include “Rudos Wild” (Rough and Wild), a raucous, in your face punk and punkabilly band from Montevideo, Uruguay that has been performing since 2003. Rudos Wild plays straight up classic punk rock heavily influenced by rockabilly, psychobilly and artists such as Social Distortion, The Misfits, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Stray Cats, The Clash, Tiger Army, The Living End and Reverend Horton Heat to name a few. Rudos Wild has independently recorded two full length CDs and toured extensively in Uruguay, Argentina and Chile.
Punk Outlaw Records also recently signed “Los Suziox” (The Dirty) a talented punk band hailing from the working class barrios of Medellin, Colombia. Los Suziox (LSZX) has independently recorded several tracks with a large repertoire of socially conscious songs that has garnered them legions of loyal fans in their native Colombia and throughout Latin America. LSZX’s musical influences are diverse and include bands like Stiff Little Fingers, Klamydia, The Addicts, The Clash, Konflikt, Ramones, Minor Threat, The Meteors & Stray Cats to name a few.
“Latin America is a hotbed of punk music and culture. Rudos Wild and Los Suziox represent the diversity and quality of the music being made there.” states Robert G. Rose, president of Punk Outlaw Records.
“American Latinos having a rich history of contributions and are a powerful force in the punk, psychobilly and rockabilly scenes in the U.S. today. With the changing nature of the music business and the declining influence of major labels, now is the perfect time to start an indie label that will help artists get their music to a wider audience. Our goal is to provide a platform to expose talented artists to a group of fans otherwise not able to experience important music that demands to be heard” Rose continues.
AIM TV Group and Punk Outlaw are wholly owned subsidiaries of Artist and Idea Management, Ltd, the pioneering creators of the long running, English language syndicated television series, American Latino TV and LatiNation which were sold to Los Angeles based LATV Networks in 2008 and are still airing in the U.S. via broadcast syndication and cable today.
- Discografica Emergente Firma a Dos Bandas de Punk Latinoamericanas, “Rudos Wild” & “Los Suziox” -
Nueva York, NY 14 de septiembre de 2010- El AIM Tell-A-Vision ® Group (AIM TV) anunció hoy el lanzamiento de “Punk Outlaw Records “ como parte de su contenido de banner de Punk Outlaw Productions ®. El sello discográfico digital inicialmente se centrará en asociaciones de 360 grados, importando música de punk y artistas independientes emergentes.
Robert G. Rose, fundador de AIM TV, formo a Punk Outlaw Records después de viajar al extranjero y reunir material para su documental “Punktology … La Influencia Mundial del Punk”. Rose fue testigo a primera mano que el espíritu DIY (Do It Yourself/Hazlo Tu Mismo) de la música punk estaba muy viva y pujante en lugares donde los artistas se sacrifican enormemente para crear música ante circunstancias increíblemente difíciles.
La lista de artistas recientemente firmadas por el nuevo sello discográfico incluyen “Rudos Wild”, una banda punk estridente, en tu cara, y punkabilly desde Montevideo, Uruguay, que se ha estado llevando a cabo desde 2003. Rudos Wild siempre se ha interpretado directamente como punk rock clásico cual es fuertemente influenciado por el rockabilly, psychobilly y artistas como Social Distortion, The Misfits, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Stray Cats, The Clash, Tiger Army, The Living End y Reverend Horton Heat para nombrar algunos. Rudos Wild ha independientemente grabado dos discos de larga duración y salieron de gira en Uruguay, Argentina y Chile.
Punk Outlaw Records también ha recientemente firmado “Los Suziox” una talentosa banda de punk que provienen de los barrios de clase trabajadora de Medellín, Colombia. Los Suziox (LSZX) ha registrado varias pistas de forma independiente con un gran repertorio de canciones socialmente consciente de que ha cosechado legiones de fieles seguidores en su natal Colombia y en toda América Latina. Las influencias musicales de LSZX son muy variadas e incluyen bandas como Stiff Little Fingers, Klamydia, The Addicts, The Clash, Konflikt, Ramones, Minor Threat, The Meteors & Stray Cats por nombrar algunos.
“América Latina es un semillero de la música punk y la cultura. Rudos Wild y Los Suziox representan la diversidad y la calidad de la música que se hizo allí. “, Expresó Robert G. Rose, presidente de Punk Outlaw Records.
“Latinoamericanos ya teniendo una rica historia de contribuciones y son una fuerza poderosa en la escenas del punk, psychobilly y rockabilly en los EE.UU. de hoy. Con la naturaleza cambiante de la industria musical y la decreciente influencia de las grandes discográficas, ahora es el momento perfecto para comenzar un sello independiente que ayudara a los artistas a llevar su música a un público más amplio. Nuestro objetivo es proporcionar una plataforma para exponer artistas con talento a un grupo de fans que de otro modo no podrán experimentar música importante cual exige ser escuchada “, continuó Rose.
AIM TV Group y Punk Outlaw son filiales de propiedad total de Artist and Idea Management, Ltd, los creadores pioneros de la serie de televisión sindicada de idioma Inglés, American Latino TV y LatiNation, cuales se vendieron en el 2008 a LATV Networks basados en Los Angeles y cuales aún se transmiten en los EE.UU. a través de transmisiones sindicadas y cable en la actualidad.
Back in February, I almost canceled a long planned trip to Uruguay from Argentina. I’m sure glad I didn’t. There is some really good punk music down in Uruguay with bands like “Rudos Wild”, “Los Ultimos de Los Ramones” (Last of the Ramones), “Buitres” and “Rameres Punk” playing some kick ass punk music down south.
The guys from a band that has been around for a while called “Trotsky Vengeran” were especially entertaining for me to interview, maybe because they spoke some English, and I could understand almost all their answers, but probably more because they are some genuinely funny and entertaining dudes.
After the interview, they loaded me up on CDs and DVDs and when I got back to the states I found myself listening more and more to their music on my i-pod. They have some really great stuff from soccer themed sing alongs to rowdy, short and sweet punk anthems.
They guys have toured most of Latin America with offers to tour even more but now they have families and responsibility so they prefer to stay home in Uruguay. But who knows, maybe someday we can coax them up north to the U.S. because I tell you their music really translates well and I think they are first class musicians.
Check the segment below and see for yourself.
(Special thanks to Camila from “Rameres Punk” and Cabeza from “Los Ultimos de Los Ramones” for helping us line up the interview).
You may have noticed by now that I’m very high on Uruguayan rockabilly band “Rudos Wild”. It’s not just their music that is infectious, it’s their personality, their love for their craft and their willingness to do whatever it takes to be able to perform.
That is, in my opinion, the truest definition of artistry and the punk rock philosophy. But don’t take my word for it, check them out in this exclusive interview we taped with them down in Montevideo, Uruguay in February. Enjoy and let me know what you think.
MONTEVIDEO, URAGUAY – Final Night In South America
Birthday Boy: Peyo from Rudos Wild
My month long trip to South America was coming to a close. My laundry, too much, too dirty and me tan,but not TOO tan, very relaxed and maybe, just maybe, getting better at speaking Spanish. Clocking in at 30 days on the dot almost, this had been my longest trip ever, a test of sorts really, to see how I’d fare on a trip this far away for this long.
Pros: I was relaxed, I was tan, I had lost 5 lbs (thanks I believe to the natural South American food and a stricter work out regime) and I had made numerous friends and been turned on to the Chile/Argentina/Uruguay punk, rockabilly & psychobilly scenes.
Cons: First, I got sick as a dog in Chile, THEN I threw my back out in Argentina (again) at the gym and could barely move for 3 days, and, ouch, still hurts to think about, in a moment of vulnerability (and temporary stupidity) was robbed of all my video & photo equipment, passport, etc.
Then to top it all off, there was a devastating earthquake in Chile just two days prior to me going back, thus forcing me to reroute my return trip home and canceling a planned interview with Chilean psychobilly band the Vodoo Zombies.
CONCLUSION: It was a great trip.. my only regret being the lost footage and photos (and the earthquake of course).
Camilo of Rudos Wild sporting a classic punk rock stance!
So how would I spend my final day in the deep south of South America? By hitting a punkabilly concert of course!
The one good thing about rerouting my trip meant I had an extra night in Montevideo, meaning I could now attend the much anticipated Rudos Wild concert Sunday night. So I threw on my Rudos Wild T-shirt that bass player Leonardo had given me the previous day and headed over to the Decibelios club.
Leonardo of Rudos Wild sporting a Tennessee whiskey t-shirt!
The concert was also a celebration of lead singer’s Peyo’s birthday, who I think was turning 29, so I knew this would probably be equal parts party and concert. It was a Sunday night so the crowd was a bit smaller than normal, but those who were out were a rowdy, dedicated bunch.
The Rudos Wild fans showed up to support and wish Peyo “Feliz Cumple Anos” (yes, I am aware the little squiggly tilde thing goes over the “n” in anos, but I don’t know how to do it, so happy anus Peyo, which is basically what it means without the tilde).
Sancho of Rudos Wild sporting no shirt
About half way through the set, Peyo had some problems with his guitar but like a true punk and in true DIY fashion, the guys kept going with 2 guitars and Peyo singing lead.They played equal parts covers of Johnny Cash and Social Distortion along with their own unique Spanish songs which range from hardcore to punkabilly to straight up punk. They ended the set with a nice Roots Radicals cover from Rancid which the couple of skinheads in the crowd really got into.
Peyo sans Guitar sporting a Viva Las Vegas shirt
After the concert I hung around outside and shared in some more beer and took some photos with the band and their friends.
After the concert with Rudos Wild & friends (me sporting my new Rudos Wild shirt)
But alas I had to get up early and pack and get ready to head back to the states (and my harsh reality?) so I bid adieu. The guys insisted on helping me get a taxi and stuffed my hands full of Rudos Wild Stickers, a copy of their soon to be released CD (which I can’t wait to listen to) and gave hugs all around.
On the way back to the hotel I couldn’t help but wonder how it was Peyo’s birthday but I was the one who ended up with all the presents.
Because I didn’t have my normal HDTV camera, this video was recorded with my little panasonic digital still camera, hardly ideal sound or lighting. So please bear in mind when viewing the video.
No camera, No Computer.. what to do? No choice but to calmly carry on and make the best of a changing situation. That changing situation got much easier thanks to a few folks in Montevideo’s punk scene, namely Camila from Rameras Punk, Cabeza from El Ultimo de los Ramones and the guys from Rudos Wild.
With Camila From All Girl Punk Band "Rameras Punk"
Early in the day, I head over to Clash City Rockers club to do the interview with Rudos Wild. Once again, Leonardo from Rudos agreed to let me use his camcorder.
Clash City Rockers Bar in Montevideo, Uruguay
Clash City Rockers is a great punk club, complete with punk memorabilia all over the walls including a signed Misfits poster from when the band visited Montevideo a few years back. This was the middle of the day, but I could tell from speaking with the owner Marcos and just by looking around this place was probably packed with punks on the weekend nights.
Marcos from Clash City Rockers
I went later that night and can testify, if you find yourself in Montevideo, finding a better place to let loose and hear some good punk or rockabilly music in Montevideo can’t be had.
The interview with Rudos Wild was raucous and fun, just as expected and I had a little time left on the camera so I went ahead and interviewed Marcos on the punk scene in Montevideo as well. I find punk bar owners are great interviewees to get a handle on the local punk scenes. They tend to see the scene as a whole and offer a broad historical perspective.
With Rudos Wild Post Interview
After Rudos Wild, I headed back to my apartment in Pocitos neighborhood where Camila and Cabeza met me. Cabeza had a Canon XL Camera that I had never used but we finally figured it out and we were able to knock out 3 big interviews in a row including the guys from Trotsky Vengaran (Trotsky’s Revenge), Buitres and finally Camila and Cabeza themselves.
Hearing bands like Trotsky Vengaran talk about the sacrifice and difficulty of playing in a small country like Uruguay made me appreciate the punk scene there even more.
With Trotsky Vengaran
Thanks to the DIY ethic of punk music and some really cool people, we were able to salvage the trip and I was able to document the punk scene in Montevideo despite losing the equipment to robbery just a few days earlier. In some ways, the challenge of the trip made it more rewarding and more fulfilling. Somehow, shooting with someone else’s borrowed camera under less than ideal conditions made me rethink the project and appreciate it more. I mean if people were willing to go to this much trouble to help out, the project must be worthwhile right?
Cabeza let us use his camera for interviews
Thanks again to everyone who helped out in Montevideo. Can’t wait to get back there soon. Next stop, Rudos Wild live in concert! Stay Tuned!