Sale

by Dead Capo

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about

Dead Capo is a quartet that fluctuates between the classic sounds of jazz, the attitude of rock and the trepidation of surf. All of this seasoned with the cinema sounds of Rota or Morricone.

It's been 10 years since their debut LP, Dísculo, made waves with the national critics. Their new album is once again surprising and the band sounds as fresh as when they started their journey at the end of the 90s. Sale combines an extraordinary energy with passages of meticulous precision and goes from wild to calm in a way that is both unexpected yet natural. Thelonius Monk, cartoons, cinematic landscapes, rock's past, Africa, surf and the ballad come together in an album as great as it is as unpredictable.

On the subject of the big gap between Dead Capo's albums, Licenciado Alfredo Martinez sheds some light:

THE FALL AND REDEMPTION OF DEAD CAPO

The album you hold in your hands, dear reader, solves a mystery that has been the talk of the town among popular music fans. I'm referring to, if you haven't yet guessed, the mysterious absence of Dead Capo. A decade ago, the instrumental combo burst onto the Madrid scene with their debut Díscolo (2002). However, they've needed ten years for this underground, syncretistic masterpiece to continue.

Forums have been full of speculation about their whereabouts. They've even speculated about the pseudonyms- after Díscolo, the cases of groups devoted to the unholy mix of free jazz, no wave, and soundtracks multiplied. According to these conspiracies, Dead Capo was operating under other names; however, there was no graphic evidence of such reincarnations.

The reality is much more dramatic than that. The members of Dead Capo were in jail for five years. Imprisoned. Incarcerated. Locked up. They challenged the rules adopted for the Madrid Olympic bid, which prohibited playing, singing and dancing secular songs within 250 meters of a church. They did so repeatedly, even cutting up Delito por bailar chachachá, venerable hit by the Orquesta Aragón, in what they called "the deconstruction that our mayor deserves."

It was this persistent questioning of the rules of coexistence that prompted such a harsh sentence. According to their lawyer, they were being punished for other challenges to the status quo, such as their scathing report of the professional visit by then president, Josí Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, coinciding with Music Day, 2004. The text is online, as "Manifesto! Moncloa Sound System” and it caused deep unease among the music industry, which responded by turning their backs on Dead Capo.

Happily, the group has benefited from the rehabilitation programs applied by Correctional Institutions. They have performed regularly at cultural events. As representatives of Spain, they have even traveled to festivals in Poland, Algeria, England and Ethiopia. We invite you to type their name into your search engine to find more details about these extraordinary missions of peace and harmony.

They assured classics: "every cloud has a silver lining." It seems that the loss of freedom enhanced the instrumental muscle of Dead Capo. The ability to rehearse regularly in the multicultural environment of Madrid V opened up the sonic horizon of the group. Enjoying their parole, with a new line-up, Dead Capo has made an album with a revealing title: Sale. The band comes out of this with extraordinary energy, alternating between fragments of wild abandon and passages of meticulous precision.

You'll recognize the distinguishing features of Dead Capo: Thelonius (Well you needn’t, Monkatis), Cartoons (Fat Dog Mendoza), film noir (Blade runner), rock's past (Carnaza), Africa (Polvoriento), surf (Sunny García), and standard ballads (Sirope). Signs of reinforcement and reaffirmation. As the philosopher said, "What doesn't kill you will make you stronger." "Amen," say the prisoners at Soto del Real.

~ Licenciado ALFREDO MARTÍNEZ

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CAÍDA Y REDENCIÓN DE DEAD CAPO

El disco que tiene entre sus manos, estimado oyente, resuelve un misterio que ha sido la comidilla entre los aficionados a la música popular. Nos referimos, ya lo habrán adivinado, a la misteriosa ausencia de Dead Capo. El combo instrumental irrumpió en la escena madrileña con un estreno de los que hacen época, “Discolo” (2002). Sin embargo, se han necesitado diez años para que esa obra maestra del sincretismo underground haya tenido continuación.

Los foros se han llenado de especulaciones respecto a su paradero. Hasta se especuló con los heterónimos: tras “Díscolo”, se multiplicaron los casos de grupos consagrados a mezclas impías de free jazz, no wave, bandas sonoras. Según estos conspiranoicos, Dead Capo estaba funcionando bajo otros nombres. Sin embargo, no aportaban testimonios gráficos de semejantes reencarnaciones.

La realidad es mucho más dramática. Los miembros de Dead Capo han pasado cinco años en la cárcel. Enchironados. A la sombra. Recluidos. Desafiaron las normas aprobadas para la candidatura olímpica de Madrid, que prohíben tocar, cantar y bailar canciones profanas a menos de 250 metros de una iglesia. Lo hicieron de forma reiterada, destripando incluso Delito por bailar chachachá, venerable éxito de la Orquesta Aragón, en lo que llamaban “la deconstrucción que merece nuestro alcalde”.

Fue ese pertinaz cuestionamiento de las reglas de convivencia ciudadana lo que motivó tan dura sentencia. Según su abogado, estaban siendo castigados por otros desafíos al statu quo, como su hiriente crónica de la visita gremial al entonces presidente, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, coincidiendo con el Día de la Música de 2004. El texto está en la red, como “Manifiesto! Moncloa Sound System”; provocó profundo malestar entre la industria musical, que reaccionó haciendo el vacío a Dead Capo. No hubo ninguna solidaridad cuando un juez con escaso sentido del humor aplicó la máxima condena posible a Dead Capo.

Felizmente, el grupo se ha beneficiado de los programas de resocialización que aplica Instituciones Penitenciarias. Han actuado regularmente en eventos de interés cultural. Como representantes de España, incluso han viajado a festivales en Polonia, Argelia, Inglaterra, Etiopía. Les invitamos a que tecleen en sus buscadores para hallar más detalles sobre esas extraordinarias misiones de paz y concordia.

Aseguraban los clásicos: “no hay mal que por bien no venga”. Ocurre que la perdida de libertad ha potenciado el músculo instrumental de Dead Capo. La posibilidad de ensayar regularmente, en el ambiente multicultural de Madrid V, ha abierto el horizonte sonoro del conjunto. Disfrutando de la condicional, con nueva formación, Dead Capo ha facturado una obra de título revelador: “Sale”. La banda sale con extraordinaria energía, alternando fragmentos de desenfreno con pasajes de minuciosa precisión.

Reconocerán las señas de identidad del Capo Muerto: Thelonius (Well you needn’t, Monkatis), los dibujos animados (Fat Dog Mendoza), el cine noir (Blade runner), el pasado rockero (Carnaza), África (Polvoriento), el surf (Sunny García), la balada standard (Sirope). Señas reafirmadas y reforzadas. Como afirmaba el filósofo: “lo que no te mata, te hace más fuerte”. Amén, repite el Coro de Internos de Soto del Real.

~ Licenciado ALFREDO MARTÍNEZ

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released June 18, 2012

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