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DOSSIER April 2002
by Mono Lo


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Music of conflict and life in the ghetto.

It's not easy to write an article about a group that you really admire for a lot of reasons.

You simply don't know where to start. However, maybe we could start with the things that don't concern Hechos Contra El Decoro. Generally, bands don't innovate much anymore, simply following their established style. Generally, the singers talk of things they hardly know about. And generally, bands write lyrics that are as sophisticated as they are boring.

Generally, the energy and the rage die as time passes. Hechos Contra El Decoro are the complete opposite.

They come from the popular Madrid district "Vallecas". Andrés, José, Nacho and and Ruso started their adventure in March '95, two weeks into their existance they had their first scene. Hechos Contra El Decorto are above all a militant group, formed by members who are activists and know the subject at hand. We're talking about a band with fresh and honest statements and lyrics that take you out on the streets. They let you partake in their fun and their troubles, they share anecdotes of the ghetto, and discuss injustices of the current society. It's not about great and eloquent ideas but about the little injuries; no statements and big ideals, but personal stories. It's not about macro-politics but about a common sense. And their lyrics are not about changing the world but about starting right in your own environment. As Fernando León, for whom they composed the soundtrack of his second movie, said : It's courageous music without inhibitions, whose aim it is to throw a monkey wrench into the great machine of power.

Hechos Contra El Decoro recorded their first demo "Bailamos Y Cambatimos" only a few month after their formation. At that time Eva offered her cooperation and directly became the band's singer. With her unique rap voice and her joy she effectively became the groups adrenaline. After having visited various festivals and meetings of social alternative movements throughout Europe and Spain, the band lost one of its founders (José) in 1996. Meanwhile the band enrolled new group members like Ramiro (a Madrilian drummer), Alsonso (a Madrilian guitarist), Angelo (a trumpet player from Naples), Antonio (a saxophone player from Buenos Aires) and Gaspare ( a Sicilian percussionist ).

The formation grew bigger and the rap became more melodic with the two new and energetic brass instruments. Hechos Contra El Decoro do more than simply composing music to their lyrics. They became a genuine urban orchestra, telling their stories of the streets to funk rhythms, samba and guaganco, channeling their positive rage into rock, rap and ragga songs, explaining their dream of a just world with electronics, soul and acid jazz.

In January 1997 they released their first album, called "Rabiamuffin".
It being their first real trial by fire, both the scene and the streets seemed to respond favorably to their message.

At the beginning of 1998, the director Fernando León asked them to record some themes for the soundtrack of his second movie, Barrio, while the band is in full preparation of their second album. Alongside more popular artists such as Manu Chao, Hechos Contra El Decoro became nationally known by participating in the soundtrack of that very successful movie . In the middle of that year, and after one and a half months of recording in Sicily, the band released their second album called "Danza de Los Nadies". This time, the lyrics are more to the point and the sound mellower, which gives the disc a better structure. The "protagonists" dance and fight. "They address those who move along in their narrow-minded way of life, people who know "foreign countries" only as the slit in the mail box. They address those who do not yet know that exit doors are rare and limited, because nobody told them, and that life reserves the right to open them" (Fernando Léon). The first song, which gave the album its name, is a rich fountain of optimism for those who want to fight and scream and dance and cry and laugh with all their heart, raise their fist to say "It's enough".
In that same year "L'Association Cultural Rabiamuffin" was formed to unite and support social movements like Zapatism in the Chiapas (together with the CGT they published a summary, uniting other artists such as Fermin Muguruza, Ska-P, Amparanoia, Jose Riplau, Albert Pla and Pedro Guerra in order to collect funds to finance several projects in the Chiapas).

At the end of 1999 and after intense touring, Ramiro and Nacho quit the group and were replaced by Chuchi (drums) and Minsä (voice). In April 2000, five years after their first steps into the Vallecas scene, the band released their third album, "Linea de Fuga".
They want to escape the clichees and the stereotypes that restrain them. Hechos Contra El Decoro are neither strictly hip-hop, nor mestiza, nor ragga, nor electronic. They refuse to repeat their old successes, but continue to experiment, with their lyrics as well as their music. In collaboration with Fermin Muguruza and Miguel Ballumbrosio, Hechos Contra El Decoro used "Linea de Fuga" to break new musical ground.

After five years of touring and recording the group split up in October 2001. Today their voyages remain diverse, yet part of the band continues to mix rhythms and sounds under the influences of hip-hop and go by the name of "Deshechos", while the others have embraced techno music.

Not surprisingly, the band prepares reunions from time to time, under a different name, different musicians, crossing paths, mixing rhythms, but still alert, eyes wide open, ready to lash out and not be suppressed by the powers that be. It's necessary to take timeouts in order to continue the fight. They continue to dance.

Their neighbourhood is important to them, and its unnecessary to attempt to interpret the masked dances to affirm oneself that we are looking at a fake democracy. It's not finished yet. From Vallecas, Sicily, Buenos Aires, Madrid and Torrelavega arrives a musical guerrilla that blows up like a volcano. The voice of babylon desires a world that consists of other worlds. And the tide rises high!

Records [up]
Rabiamuffin   Rabiamuffin
   1997 Esan Ozenki - Album

Danza de los nadies   Danza de los nadies
   1998 Esan Ozenki - Album
Linea de Fuga   Linea de Fuga
   2000 Esan Ozenki - Album
Música contra una Ejecución   Música contra una Ejecución
   2002 AlterMetak - Live

Main contributions [up]
Para Todos Todo Nada Para Nosotros   Para Todos Todo Nada Para Nosotros
   1997 Gridalo Forte Records - Compilation

BSO Barrio   BSO Barrio
   1998 Esan Ozenki - Compilation
Brigadistak Sound System   Fermin Muguruza: Brigadistak Sound System
   1999 Esan Ozenki - Album
Radical Mestizo   Radical Mestizo
   1999 Revelde Discos - Compilation
Radical Mestizo dos punto mil   Radical Mestizo dos punto mil
   2000 Revelde Discos - Compilation
Los ritmos del espejo   Los ritmos del espejo
   2000 - Compilation
Mundo Mestizo   Mundo Mestizo
   2004 - Compilation
Lucha Amada - Musika Rebelde   Lucha Amada - Musika Rebelde
   2011 - Double Compilation

News [up]
  14.10.2011: Compilation Lucha Amada
  14.10.2011: Recopilatorio Lucha Amada - Musica Rebelde (Castellano)
  08.09.2004: CD "Mundo Mestizo" (Castellano)

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