Son Rompe Pera


Mexico City

Son Rompe Pera

The group’s sound is unlike any punk band you’ve ever heard before, and that only serves as a testament to how genuine the group’s commitment to punk is. After all, if punk is more about attitude than conforming to a single specific style, Kacho and Mongo unquestionably have it in spades as they draw on modern cumbia and garage rock in their interpretations of traditional and popular songs and styles from Mexico, Peru, Colombia, and beyond.
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A crowd favorite from our last Barbes In The Woods festival, Son Rompe Pera is the Gogol Bordello of cumbia; the essence of cumbia punk. You’ve heard marimbas before, and garage rock, and cumbia. But here is a new genre of music from Mexico City that did not exist before this band did: garage-marimba-cumbia-punk. Think of the Misfits with cha-cha-cha and psychedelia – More danceable but equally punk. A pan-Latin psychobilly that must be seen live.

The three Gama brothers grew up playing the folkloric marimba with their father, often busking with him on the streets from morning to evening. It’s a remarkable story – working class musicians growing up in a folk tradition who, through raw creativity and punk spirit, dismantled this inherited sound and reinvented it through the vehicle of cumbia. Their music and style brings in an audience as wide-ranging as working-class Mexicans, global music lovers, and young hipsters. We first welcomed Son Rompe Pera at the Barbès in the Woods fest last year and confirmed the rumors. They are in fact one of the best live acts on the planet right now

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Photo Credits

Site-wide photography by the inimitable:
Julian Parker-Burns
Home page image by:
Alyssa Pratt 
Additional photos by:
Kim C-G
Henry Amistadi
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