Cólera is a Brazilian punk rock band formed in 1979. In 1979 Hélio meets a guy who had a broken guitar, playing old rock songs at São Bento Metro Station. It was Redson Pozzi. At the time, the São Bento Station was the meeting point for São Paulo rockers of all stripes, ranging from hard rock to punk.
Hélio presents to Redson the effervescence of the punk scene of Vila Carolina , the epicenter of Brazilian punk.
They decide to make a band and finally Hélio has his chance to be a guitar player, Redson takes over the Bass and his brother “Pierre” Carlos Lopes Pozzi comes to the drums even without having a real one. Later Kinno comes on vocals.
At first the band’s name was meant to be Alcatraz in honor of a Nazareth song but Redson convinces Hélinho that Cholera is a name with multiple meanings and is also international
Colera was not necessarily a punk band, it played blues and maybe had some intention of doing hard-rock. In addition to being a band looking for a musical style, it was also a band looking for its text.
Redson was already a creative engine, and his lyrics dealt with his adolescent imagination but already brought his versatility when marrying text and music. Helio, on the other hand, was still influenced by the rustic existentialism of Vila Carolina and his lyrics brought a little of the ideas of the Conductor of the Corpse . Hélio wrote verses like “agitation, revolution, destruction I want to see”, something that in the mature phase of the band would be replaced by “For peace in the whole world”.
The path to punk was natural and was influenced by UK SUBS, STIFF LITTLE FINGERS and many other bands.