Psychos | She founded a record label at the age of 17, found Los Psychos and they paid tribute to her in Spain: This is Rebecca Law’s story | ARE

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DisPerú was his personal project, while he kept his previous job to pay off debts. And it was an exhausting task. Being an independent label, Rebecca did everything: she signed groups, chose songs, participated in recordings, took photos and designed covers. He did all the hard publicity work to get material to radio stations. This is how he informed the careers of artists of the time, such as Jean Paul ‘El Troglotita’, Indio Maeda (Dispereau also published Andean and Creole music), but his most famous signature is timeless. Among the four unruly rockers who performed under the name Los Psychos.

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As is well known, the Linz Quartet’s music has received a tremendous boost in the last twenty years, as the legend that they are supposed to be the inventors of punk began to spread around the world, and that discordant music was doomed a decade later. In the seventies. The fact is that their improvised songs have become ubiquitous and have been performed live by foreign groups such as Café Dakwba, Molotov and, more recently, Californians The Offspring. They also acted in the superhero film “Blue Beetle” last year. A French mini-documentary surfaced last week that revealed various details about the band.

“I met Los Psychos, like many bands of the time, because they came to my office anyway asking for a contract. I went to listen to them, don’t ask which cinema is this in, Taurus is another, the truth is they didn’t appeal to me. She was a little bored, but then they said goodbye and sang a song: “Let’s tear down the train station, tear it down, tear it down, tear it down!” All the people went crazy.

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Psychos records are highly valued on the second-hand market.  You can pay hundreds of dollars.  Rebecca Lau never imagined something like this could happen.  (Photo: Giancarlo Shibayama).

Psychos records are highly valued on the second-hand market. You can pay hundreds of dollars. Rebecca Lau never imagined something like this would happen. (Photo: Giancarlo Shibayama).

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To the excitement of those present, Llawe offered them a contract on the condition that they record the song he wanted. The team was not very convinced. “Demolition”, the title in question, is a diversion for them, not their best card. It was the record executive who saw the potential in the tune, and she was right. “I didn’t have the money to print in large quantities, so I made small batches of 100 copies. I think the “breakdown” was 500 copies. Then I would leave my records in stores of the time, like Hector Rocca, Disco Centro, go for a walk, and come back in the afternoon to ask if they sold. And they sold “That’s my life.”

Los Psychos sold modestly domestically, but other groups signed by DisPerú, such as the Uruguayan Los Cuatro Brillandes, were huge hits. He made money with them and shows the photo, saying he bought a green Mustang like the one in the movie “Bullitt.” Rebecca also introduced folk voices such as Miguel Ángel Silva Rubio, known as El Indio Maita, to whom he offered a contract after seeing the buzz it caused at the Andean Music Coliseum. She didn’t know anything about folklore, she admits, but was there, doing market research among the people there. “I’ve always been very mature for my age. My parents were divorced and I grew up in a boarding school. So I didn’t feel like asking my dad or mom for anything. The nuns were very strict about it. If we wanted something, we had to fight hard to get it.

Rebecca Love at age 18.  She takes care of everything at the label, from signing bands to putting records in stores and getting them on the radio.  (Photo: Giancarlo Shibayama).

Rebecca Love at age 18. She takes care of everything at the label, from signing bands to putting records in stores and getting them on the radio. (Photo: Giancarlo Shibayama).

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DisPerú closed its doors in 1970 when its owner disbanded everything to go live in the United States, where he stayed away from the Peruvian music scene. He was married four times and divorced several times. Today he lives in Lima and continues to marvel at the twists and turns life has in store for him. The Munster Records label from Spain contacted her a few months ago to license the Peruvian label’s catalog, and it came out on vinyl: “Demolar, Demolar, Demolar: The Story of Rebecca Lau and Disperu, House of Los. Psychos ”, with notes from journalist Fidel Gutierrez. Today Rebecca looks at her young picture on the album cover and sees the huge bangles of the time, which were very fashionable. “He had a baby face,” she points out. And it coincides with the late Pancho Guevara, drummer of Los Psychos. It feels like a nightmare when all these things from the past suddenly come back and knock on your door. //

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The album Tribute to Rebeca Llave and History of DisPerú (Munster Records) will be presented this Saturday, June 15 during the sixth edition of the International Vinyl Festival (Concha Acústica del Campo de Marte at Jesús María). Keys will arrive on the day to sign some copies. The publication is promoted by Vinileras Perú, a local community that teaches analog design. For them, Rebecca’s story is an inspiration, an act of rebellion and an example of freedom. For the launch, they are preparing a special ‘pack’, photographs, postcards and other ‘merchandising’ endorsed by Rebecca. The pre-sale price is S/139 and can be ordered now through the group’s social networks (IG: @vinilerasperu).

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