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A comic book would be the most appropriate medium to tell the story of Las Chinas.Its five brave superheroines would be Jose (vocals), Montse (bass), Isabel/Luna (guitar), Miluca (keyboards) and Speedy (drums). The scenario is 1979, post-Franco Spain, then immersed in an accelerated process of modernization with the scarce resources available in every sense. In that context, for five girls to start a group which drew from then current influences was a bold adventure. But little by little, Madrid's underground gave shape to a scene which included fanzines, artists and bands of a kind that had never been seen before around these parts, leaning towards punk or more openly new wave. One of those bands was Las Chinas.

Mainly self-taught, through countless rehearsals they developed a repertoire which consisted of own songs and a selection of covers. They played live often, both in and outside Madrid, facing the technical difficulties common in most venues at the time. Their image was fascinating, an explosion of colour in the middle of an atmosphere that was fighting to escape from the grey and brown.

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23 de enero
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