Easily—if not quite accurately—described as “jarocho punk”, the aural landscape transmitted by ¡Aparato! bridges the terrestrial with the ethereal: earthbound concerns meet the means to transcend, through sound and imagery; a here, now and a somewhere else, something better, both at once. This is a science fiction soundtrack for tomorrow’s Raza, “the people,” time travelers and visionaries.
¡Aparato! embodies the narratives and struggles of the world’s migratory people: Cat (Nancy Méndez) is of Mixtec and Zapotec heritage from indigenous Oaxaca to Anaheim, California. El Tejarocho (Alexandro D. Hernández) was raised between Los Angeles, the Texas-Mexican border and rural Michoacán, México. Rupestre Sánchez (Moises Baqueiro) is a chilango born and raised in the metropolis of Mexico City. Chac 3000 (Carlos Gil) is Salvadoran-Mexican from the highly international migrant city of South Gate, California. Their experiences are re-envisioned via Latinx futurism through the sounds of the centuries-old requinto jarocho and jarana from Mexican son traditions, electric guitars, MPC 1000 and electro-acoustic drum hybrid.
¡Aparato! has achieved critical acclaim on NPR's All Things Considered, NPR's Top 100 Songs of 2016, OC Weekly, Austin Chronicle and Smithsonian Folkways. Their music continues to draw upon their vision of punk-futurism grounded in the instrumentation of their Mexican and Central American ancestors.