When you think of Latin American rock, Peru may not be the first country that comes to mind. But the country's musical exports go far beyond nose flutes. Peru was the center of an early rock scene in the
1960s, and the U.S. premiere of "Saicomanía" -- screening Sunday, May 29 in San Francisco -- tells the story of Los Saicos, one of the most influential bands.

Los Saicos only lasted two years, from 1964 to 1966, but their influence on the rock scene has lasted much longer. "Today, Los Saicos are hailed by many as los abuelos [the grandfathers] of punk rock –
not because the music they played resembled the punk sound that emerged in the late 70s and early 80s, but because they were among the first to establish a band of non-musicians, create simple, three-cord songs, and scream rather than sing their lyrics," reports Camille Taiara for El Tecolote.

The band, one of the first to begin writing rock in Spanish, helped solidify Peru's place in the history of rock-en-español, and sparked Taiara calls "a new wave of loud, defiant, do-it-yourself backyard bands later referred to as garage rock, then surf and punk rock."

Saicomanía screens at Artists’ Television Access on Sunday, May 29, at 7:30 p.m.