We Are Augustines Talk About Their New Video 'Juarez'
Was it a scary experience?
Sanderson: It was intimidating, it wasn't scary. I think Rob has a good story about that.
Allen: We were walking through the beautiful square in the city and this old gentleman was just sitting there and he told me, "Welcome to Juarez, please enjoy it and thank you for coming." He was relaxed and really nice.
Sanderson: It's a really fascinating city because most people in the states only have heard of this place because of the negative press, the drug cartels and the killings that are going on. Many of the people that we were hanging out with that grew up Juarez said they went to school in El Paso. Elementary kids and High school kids are crossing the boarder everyday to go to school. It was an open city. Much like the Canadian border in Toronto, the kids from El Paso go down to Juarez to party because the beer is cheaper. In the last couple of years it's gotten better, but it's still got a long way to go. But there's a strength that we were able to see in the short amount of time that we were there, It was cultural pride and strength. The people from Juarez believe that the city will come back to being a beautiful city again, and like the Canadian border, will be crossed into freely and the city will be celebrated for it's culture and art. It's beautiful down there. For us, crossing the border and meeting people from there, not just going and taking pictures, was very important for the development of the video.
Sanderson: We actually recorded a song last night at the house we are staying at. It's hard.
Allen: It's hard, you know, we have demos from pre-tour that aren't done. We are constantly thinking of new ideas and making voice memos. If we have some extra time, we always try to work on something. Right now we are just focusing on the touring though.