Son Rompe Pera
“Unlike any punk band you’ve ever heard before.” Pop Matters
Born and raised in the deep outskirts of Mexico City, the Gama brothers (Jesús, Alan, Murphy, Ritchie, and Raúl) are keeping alive the rich legacy of marimba music running through their family with their latest project, Son Rompe Pera. While firmly rooted in the tradition of this historic instrument, their fresh take on this folk icon challenges its limits as never before, moving it into the garage/punk world of urban misfits and firmly planting it in the 21st century. Originally performing as children alongside their father at local events, they now find themselves at the forefront of the contemporary international cumbia scene with their sonic explorations of the classic marimba. Their absolute unique blend comes from a typical youthful rebellion, when as teenagers they left behind their upbringing on the marimba and began to play in various punk, rockabilly, and ska bands. Now they’ve gone full circle with the marimba back leading the way, and mixing all of their influences together with their energetic take on the popular instrument, giving it a new twist never before seen in Mexican folk music. Their first album, Batuco, was released in 2020. They followed up with their sophomore album, Chimborazo, in 2023.