Jake Kolatis, guitarist of the hardcore punk band The Casualties, is here today, or perhaps I should say, I am here with him, podcasting from Jersey City Tattoo Co., the tattoo shop he co-owns, located at 253 Newark Ave in downtown Jersey City. This is the second time I have podcasted from a tattoo shop, only this time I am not simultaneously receiving ink. We were first going to conduct this interview on the roof of the building where The Casualties shot the video for their single “We Are All We Have”, but a technical difficulty ensued, forcing us to reschedule.
You know, there’s nothing more “punk” than podcasting. It’s total DIY stuff. For what’s a podcaster to do when his equipment malfunctions on the roof of a building overlooking New York City and his interviewee has just spent the last twenty minutes brushing, spraying, twisting and blow-drying his hair into a Mohawk? The answer: catch him literally minutes before departing on a tour spanning the U.S. with several stops along the way in your old stomping grounds, the shitty, redneck state of Florida.
The Destruction Campaign Tour, featuring The Casualties, Negative Approach and a slew of other street punkers will be crisscrossing this country for the next few months with five stops throughout the Sunshine State: Oct. 22nd at Roc Bar in Jacksonville, Oct. 23rd at The Atlantic in Gainesville, Oct. 24th at The Orpheum in Tampa, Oct. 25th at Churchill’s Pub in Miami, and Oct. 26th at Handlebar in Pensacola. But not to worry if you’re listening to this episode after the fact, because Jake and I discuss numerous topics, which transcend current affairs – from what it’s like to play on the Warped Tour, to the evolution of punk rock sub-genres (from 1976 or ‘77 to the present), to how it feels to have spent half his natural life with pretty much the same group of squatter punks, and why the term “squatter punk” is inappropriate nomenclature. We also discuss what it’s like to tour with GWAR and our shared backgrounds in tee shirt making, another characteristic, which I deem “punk rock”. Since tee shirt graphics are truly the “punk rock” of fine art.
Anyway, here is my interview with Jake Kolatis, guitarist of the New York City (not Jersey City) hardcore punk band, The Casualties.
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