Treefort 2023 Profile: Mexico’s Son Rompe Pera

Last week we introduced you to Petite Amie, one of two Mexican bands playing this year’s edition of Treefort Music Fest in Boise. But, as Yoda would say, “There is another.”

Son Rompe Pera — who, like Petite Amie, hail from Mexico City — will also perform at the festival, which runs March 22-26. The idiosyncratic band occasionally incorporates strains of traditional folk, rock and punk music. But Son Rompe Pera’s obsession with the marimba makes the band one of a kind.

To date, Son Rompe Pera only have one album to their name, 2022’s Batuco, despite forming in 2017. While the band will surely play cuts from that record, The Bad Penny recently connected with Son Rompe Pera to suss out what else Treefort attendees can expect from their two sets. The band gave us candid, sometimes amusing, answers.

[Go here for a primer on this series of Treefort Music Fest previews. Check back for new profiles of international artists playing the festival every day leading up to the fest’s kickoff on Wednesday, March 22.]

Artist: Son Rompe Pera
From: Mexico City, Mexico
Genre: marimba-based folk and rock
Treefort info: Playing Saturday, March 25, at El Korah Shrine at 11 p.m.; and Sunday, March 26, at the Main Stage at 3:30 p.m.

Why did you decide to play Treefort Fest this year?

SON ROMPE PERA: Well, our manager told us we were going. We really had no say in it!

What excites you the most about participating in it?

SON ROMPE PERA: We don’t really know [Treefort,] but we love big festivals and lots of crazy new people around, and we are excited about eating some good potatoes.

Is this your first time playing Treefort? If so, how did your booking come about? If not, why did you choose to return?

SON ROMPE PERA: We heard that Eric [Gilbert, Treefort co-founder and festival director] saw us at a small show in Mexico a few years back and liked us, which is cooool.

Have you visited Boise/Idaho before? If yes, do you have any fun stories to share? If not, what have you heard about Boise/Idaho?

SON ROMPE PERA: Nope, don’t even really know where it is! 

Did you face any challenges or headaches in securing a visa to come here?

SON ROMPE PERA: Visas are the worst thing ever. Free borders, man. We hate getting visas. Our manager is a magician and somehow makes it easy for us — but it’s still stressful.

What expectations do you have for your experience here and at Treefort?

SON ROMPE PERA: Gonna have fun, see bands, and rock it! 

How would you describe your state of mind going into Treefort?

SON ROMPE PERA: We’ll probably be tired from traveling, but when we see the fans, we’ll be ready to rock.

What other artists on the Treefort lineup are you excited to see? Are you friends with any of them?

SON ROMPE PERA: We’ve literally only heard of like one other band there, but [we’re] sure we’ll discover some cool new bands and friends. Taco Tapes sound cool — [their] name at least!

What do you enjoy most about performing at music festivals in general?

SON ROMPE PERA: Getting to ride in golf carts is always fun. As well [as] meeting new people and making new fans!

What can Treefort attendees expect from your performance?

SON ROMPE PERA: More rock than you think. At least one member will get pretty naked, and for most of you, it’ll probably be the first time you ever hear a marimba play punk rock.

For more coverage of international artists playing Treefort, check out our recent conversations with:

• Ireland’s Modernlove
• Montréal’s Thanya Iyer
• Mexico City’s Petite Amie
• Vancouver’s Mauvey
• Italy’s Dumbo Gets Mad
• Brazil’s BIKE
• Chile’s Sistemas Inestables
• British Columbia’s Mother Sun
• Norway’s Orions Belte
• Treefort Co-Founder and Festival Director Eric Gilbert

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