It could have been Olympia.
Audio/Visual Postcard by Jessica Partnow, Sarah Stuteville and Alex Stonehill
Zombie Fest could have taken place in a sunny mountain meadow somewhere in the Northwest. It just so happened it was in Kazakhstan.
But that didn’t change the homebrew hairstyles and patched jean jackets, the unhinged, angsty music, or the enthusiastic welcome we got showing up as total strangers asking questions about music, life and politics.
It did mean it was harder to communicate across an English/Russian/Kazakh language barrier.
But when it comes to Screamo, I don’t think you’re supposed to be able to understand the words anyways.
Generation Putin: stories exploring politics and everyday life for Millennials in the former Soviet Union, is produced by the Common Language Project and comes from the Public Radio Exchange, with financial support from the Open Society Foundation.