Discover This: Pumókel

Having lived in Latin America for four months last year, I’m well aware of the battle facing Mexican band Pumókel face in overcoming the dreadful music that proliferates the region. The genre known as Reggaeton is, frankly, some of the worst music I’ve heard and the sooner it disappears the better.

Mexico City rockers Pumókel clearly agree, given their vow to work hard to “step by step beat the fucking Reggaeton.” So we’ll do everything we can to help them promote the word of Mexican rock. Also, it just so happens that they’ve honed a fun, catchy rock sound, which helps. And, this is our first Mexican band, ticking another country off the GigRadar map.

The quintet is led by Venezuelan vocalist Gian Fer alongside Mexican bandmates Cravy and Fofo (guitars), Chacho (bass) and Oz (drums). And they released debut EP Sin Rumbo Fijo in November, from which they sent us the opening title track.

It opens up with a lively little riff with keyboards and drops into a verse with echoey vocals and light guitars. That builds up to a catchy chorus that ends with a long instrumental section of lively guitars and synths. Check it out in the video below:

The album is packed with catchy rock, as well as the more anthemic Ya Me Cansé, which is dominated by Gian’s engaging vocals and features a cheeky little guitar solo. You can check out in the video below:

We had a chat with the band to find out more. Read on below…

GR: Who are Pumókel?

Pumókel is a Mexican Indie Rock band from Mexico City. Chacho and Fofo are brothers they are the band founders and they lead the band so far, they have always wanted to create rock music and also to play together in their own band without any concerns about mixing sounds and genres so Pumókel started on 2018 after they found their band mates (GianFer, Cravi and Oz).

GR: You just released Sin Rumbo Fijo. What should people be expecting from the song?

P: “In these uncertain times Sin Rumbo Fijo is an appropriate song. It’s not only about uncertainty about the future but also hope! People should expect a great rocking time, it is not only an energetic song but also a little bit of nostalgia with power!

“When you are sad and confused and feel the need of starting over and over broken dreams, COVID-19, maybe lost your job, maybe you got fired, your girl has left you and you don’t know how to handle that situation. But although in this mess you are fighting to start over once again… and you shout to the universe that you will never surrender.”

GR: You’re the first band we’ve spoken to from Mexico, which is exciting! What are your thoughts on the rock and metal scene in Mexico?

P: “Honestly, we are a brand new project that hasn’t played yet due to the fact that we want to look for fan base. It’s a kind of pull demand, once we’ve achieved some loyal fans we will be rocking all around and asking for dates no matter if it is on the subway or in the local park!

“Most of the Pumókel line up have already known the indie and ska scene in Mexico and that is why we want to create our follower base to get better stats and engagement to get better deals.

“We think that it is very difficult to get heard as most of the people in Mexico would prefer to listen to whatever instead of indie rock. But indie rock bands should be creative to convince and to find those listeners. We think that if we keep up the good work sooner or later we will get better results and step by step beat the fucking Reggaeton!”

GR: And how much support is there for new bands in Mexico?

P: “Next question…jajajaja almost zero ! Sad but true … is a circle a kind of monopoly in wich you can not be part of , I mean if you don´t represent business opportunity for Local Bar Owners, Managers, Labels, RP Agencies , Press and Media (not only massive but also digital ) if you don’t have the money …you don´t have the exposure! As simple as that…
Related to Rock Listeners: There is hope … most of the rock lovers that we have presented our music they said it´s cool ! and that´s the people we want to reach!

GR: How would you describe your sound to people that haven’t listened to you yet?

P: “It’s rock with distortion, with a strong bass, guitar solos and keyboards, and with a sharp voice. It sounds fresh but at the same time it evokes great 80´s bands. It’s kind of like… if you put in the blender: Billy Idol , Weezer, Morrissey, Maná and Def Leppard… the result of it!”

GR: What influences you to write music? Any key themes or topics that you write about?

P: “So far, personal experiences related to love, sadness, uncertainty. Not very deep, not very poetic so far!”

GR: Which bands/musicians are/have been your strongest musical influences?

P: “Weezer, The Doors, Guns and Roses, Morrissey.”

GR: What have you got coming up in 2020?

P: “We are still promoting our Sin Rumbo Fijo EP, we are planning to launch physical distribution as merchandise and we want to create more music. Once COVID-19 is gone (we really hope that…) we will be looking for dates to play live!”

GR: Anything else you’d like people to know about you/your music?

P: “If you are reading this, we really thank you so much in advance and we want to invite you to visit our YouTube channel and also our Spotify profile. We hope you enjoy our music! Good vibes and rock on!”

You can follow Pumókel on Facebook and Instagram, and check out their music on Spotify and YouTube.

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