DESECHABLES - La Maqueta LP
- Label: Munster
- Catalog Number: MR357
- Availability: In Stock
Desechables formed around 1980 in Vallirana, a village in the Barcelona suburbs
where three friends got together to create one of Spain's most visceral and dirtiest
primitive rock three pieces: Tere (screams), Miguel (guitar) and Dei Pei (snare and
Tere was 14, Dei Pei was 17 and Miguel was the oldest of the three at 22. It all
started right after Pei recovered from hepatitis when Miguel showed him what he
had just bought, a 15,000 pesetas Arirang guitar which would change their lives.
Without any musical knowledge and just going on instinct, Miguel established a
unique personal style which would define the Desechable sound from the very first
In order to shape the band's first songs, they managed to get permission from the
Vallirana council to use the basement of the local school for rehearsals. Pei
remembers: "Miguel and I would lock ourselves up around midnight or one in the
morning, often Tere didn't want to come along. Our way of rehearsing was like
eternal zeroes, like mantras... In the rehearsal space we were like a magic rock'n'roll
triangle. Tere was especially amazing because Miguel was constantly having a go at
her; come on baby, come on, come on. He got the shyness and childishness out of
her teenage beauty, so blonde and so perfect. Something spectacular, really."
The first gigs in Barcelona took place around mid-1982 playing for free, going from
one place to the next one in Pei's battered Seat 600. Jaime Gonzalo, music journalist
and the band's friend, remembers the first time he saw them live: "It was spectacular.
Spectacular in the sense that it was still a mirror copy of The Cramps and it didn't go
beyond that, even the lyrics were alliterations of Cramps lyrics. But Miguel's guitar
was hellish. They used their limitations well and achieved great chemistry between
Around that time they met Ernest Casals, a character from Barcelona's underground
scene who ran the independent label Flor y Nata Records, which released records by
mod bands such as Brighton 64, Distrito 5, Sprays, Telegrama, etc. Casals also wrote
for the Radio Carolina fanzine and one day Pei went by his office to tell him that the
fanzine was shit, and left a low-fi demo on his desk with three tracks by Desechables
recorded in a dubbing studio. Ernest was amazed and from then on he became the
person who helped them get noticed. The cassette was sent to Jesús Ordovás, a
Radio 3 presenter in Madrid, who broadcast Desechables nationwide for the first
time when he played 'Fuera de la ley'.
Casals persuaded his partners that launching Desechables, a band they were not
totally sure about, would be beneficial, and the first Desechables demo came out as
the first release of the Anarchi Records sublabel, run by brothers Ferran Sahún and
Joni Destruye and mainly conceived to release cassettes. It was recorded in just one
evening without any kind of production, in a gloomy Barcelona studio in October of
1982. "There was a total connection the whole evening, we all had a great time and
Miguel gave us a lot of confidence… We felt at home. From beginning to end,
everything came out seamlessly," remembers Tere.
750 copies with a price of 350 pesetas. The demo became the best Spanish garage
punk artifact from the 80s and the best legacy from the original Desechables trio
due to the tragic destiny that awaited them. Sadly, most of the cassettes were
destroyed in a car accident on the Barcelona-Zaragoza motorway while driving
through the Monegros region, when Miguel, Pei and Ernest were going to Madrid in
order to distribute the cassette around the Spanish capital.
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