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Son Rompe Pera

Born and raised in Naucalpan, the deep outskirts of Mexico City, the Gama brothers and their band Son Rompe Pera have thrashed through all preconceived notions of what a marimba-centered band is, and have rendered the instrument inseparable from their punk ethos. Their shows have become home to the now-infamous marimba mosh pit across the globe, joining intergenerational audiences in moments of essential release and community around their hard-hitting, forward-thinking, unrelenting punk-infused cumbias. With two critically-acclaimed records under their belt, and hundreds of shows on some of the world’s most prestigious stages to a rapidly growing audience, the band consistently proves their boundlessness as far as where they can take the genre, standing vehemently by the fact that traditions are meant to be both honored, broken, and built again.
Son Rompe Pera is responsible for developing and coining the now-global genre ‘Cumbia Punk’- one rooted in their history which is steeped in deep-hearted rebellion. The Gama brothers began playing and performing the marimba when they were kids alongside their father, Batuco, at weddings, quinceañeras, and birthday parties on weekends to help generate income for the family. Teenagers being teenagers, the brothers rejected the notably un-cool and tourist-shop-bound instrument out of embarrassment, turning instead to punk. They spent some time playing in punk and psychobilly bands, but the instrument’s hold proved strong and they came back to it eventually, taking punk with them this time. They started to put their own punk twists on traditional cumbia songs, a wildly danceable fusion that’s come to unite global audiences in sweaty, respectful mayhem.
In 2016 the brothers’ father, Batuco, responsible for introducing them to the marimba and also for naming the band, was killed in an act of local violence. After that, the brothers nearly gave up on music all together, though a chance meeting with the legendary Chilean cumbia group Chico Trujillo in 2017 kept that from happening, and eventually resulted in the recording of their first studio album. The band spent 4 months in Chile recording and playing, reigniting a flame that would eventually become impossible to extinguish.
Batuco, their debut album named after their father, was released in 2020 via ZZK Records. When a pandemic rocked the world shortly after, the band naturally took what most of the world considered an obligation to stop as an opportunity to keep going. They breathed life into spaces that were left lifeless, popping up regularly for socially distanced performances in Mexico City’s Parque Mexico, fostering a sense of community when such a thing felt nearly impossible.
Throughout 2021 and 2022, when the world began to spin again, the boys hit the road, playing almost nonstop, including multiple dates in California with the legendary Panteon Rococo, at Los Angeles’ Levitt Pavilion, the famed Lincoln Center in New York City and on countless stages across the U.S. and Europe, as well as an absolutely earth-shattering performance on the mainstage of Vive Latino in 2022, one of the most important festivals in Latin America. Their audience expanded at light speed, and the demand for their infectious live experience grew stronger by the minute.
In the beginning of 2022, the band began their next chapter. They headed to Bogota, Colombia, the birthplace of Cumbia, where they would spend a week recording their second album at Mambo Negro studio under the guidance of Mario Galeano (Frente Cumbiero, Ondátropica, and Las Pirañas). The album, named Chimborazo after a street the brothers live on, flips the script on their first album (which was all covers), delivering 12 original tracks and flying much closer to what the world has come to know of the band’s wild shows. It features collaborations from Macha, La Perla, Gil Gutierrez, among many others, and seamlessly blends Cumbia, tropical dance beats, hard-hitting punk, psychedelic guitars, traditional Mexican and Colombian rhythms, horns, and a pinch of dub and hip hop.
Chimborazo was released in March of 2023 via AYA/ZZK to acclaim from the likes of NPR, Billboard, AP, WNYC, KCRW, Songlines, and The Wire, who claimed that the album ‘steps with rough, full throttle cumbias dominated by the ribcage rattle of the marimba, while surf punk skeletons shake their way out of the closet’. The band, naturally, hit the ground running, with multiple tours in the U.S. and Mexico including stops at SXSW, Treefort Festival, Punk Rock Bowling, and their biggest hometown show yet- a sold-out date at the legendary Lunario theater just in the first half of the year. They’ve been on a seemingly endless tour since- stopping at some of Europe’s most prestigious festivals including Roskilde, Paleo, Rio Babel, and beyond, as well as countless stages across the U.S. and Latin America, continuing to take marimba punk to unheard-of heights, defying the confines that traditional music is often relegated to, playing, screaming, and singing in devotion to possibility, in honor of legacy, and focused on a future that is limitless, genre-bending, collaborative, loud, and for everyone.

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Wednesday 05/29
Show: 8:00 pm (Doors: 7:00 pm)
Ages All Ages