What are Peruvian Punk Legends Los Saicos up to Now?

(Photo: Los Saicos tribute band: Los Sadicos/Facebook)

Two members of Peru’s 1960’s rock group are alive and well in the United States.

Los Saicos just might fit the definition of a “cult” band.

They were barely together a year before they became famous in their home country of Peru and split up, only to be rediscovered years later.  Vice even produced a documentary that claimed Los Saicos invented punk.

What are they up to now?

Washington Post reports that singer and guitarist Erwin, now 72, lives in Arlington, Virginia.  He lived in the Washington D.C. area for many years and is pleased to learn that there is a Saicos tribute band called Los Sadicos not too far from where he lives.  

Another member, Papi, lives in Stafford, Virginia where he worked in construction for years.  The other 2 members have passed away.

Perhaps the Saicos didn’t “invent” punk, but they did draw on early influences like Bill Haley and Elvis Presley and push the genre of rock and roll further than most of the world in 1964.

The growling vocals and dirty power chords (look up their track “Demolición”) while recording exclusively original songs were certainly revolutionary to South America at the time.




Mike Dreckschmidt

Mike grew up and eventually attended university in Green Bay, Wisconsin. He graduated in Integrative Leadership Studies with an emphasis in Urban and Regional Planning and has been a part of planning projects in three different countries. Mike’s passion is reading; he devours both literature and nonfiction. His favorite author is Peru’s own Julio Ramón Ribeyro.