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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 tom).

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 chords.

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 them."

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.

Alejandro Montes

Director of the documentary about Desechables "El peor dios"

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