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Descartes a Kant is a group from Guadalajara, México that blends an eclectic palette of musical influences with other art forms such as theater, dance and film. It's a balanced mix between composition and performance, made from a narrative language that the band has managed to consolidate throughout their career. 


Quoting a critic from the Wall Street Journal: "trying to describe their music is to do it a disservice. It’s loud, racy, incredibly imaginative, sophisticated, funny and wild; it’s as if the Yeah Yeah Yeahs fronted Albert Ayler with Frank Zappa conducting”





The band's debut album Paper Dolls (2006) defies musical structure from a rabid and visceral feminine perspective. At the time of its release it was considered one of the more radical records ever produced in mexican rock. A release that sparked the curiosity of music critics and national festivals, taking the band to open shows for legends Sonic Youth and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. 


Their second album Il Visore Lunatique (2012) is a psychological musical thriller consisting of 9 songs and a bizarre broadway style musical. The album, inspired in insanity and mental pathologies, generated interest from media outside Mexico and people like Mike Patton and Dave Lombardo. Considered a modern classic of mexican Avant garde music, this album took the band for the first time to international stages, touring Russia, Europe, North America, South America and Central America, opening for bands such as The Melvins and Slayer.








Victims Of Love Propaganda (2017) is the band's third studio album, but the first one released in the United States, recorded in Chicago by legendary engineer Steve Albini. This conceptual album is described as a love autopsy, that through 10 songs filled with severe contrasting music, narrates the death of a romantic relationship. With crime scene metaphors  and forensic costumes, this concept album was presented in a three act concert in which they developed a multidisciplinary essay about the concept of western love and happiness propaganda. 




Throughout their career, Descartes a Kant has played in festivals such as: Roskilde Festival (Roskilde, Denmark), Iceland Airwaves (Reykjavik, Iceland),  BIME Bilbao (Bilbao, Spain), Festival Rock al Parque (Bogotá, Colombia), Grito Latino (San José, Costa Rica), Culture Collide Fest (Los Ángeles, USA), Youth Brigade Festival (Dortmund, Germany), Festival Cervantino (Guanajuato, México), White Nights Festival (Perm, Russia),  Ruido Fest (Chicago, USA), Coordenada (Guadalajara, México), Pleroma Festival (Reutlingen, Germany), Viva La Música (Medellín, Colombia), Grita Rock (Manizales, Colombia), Festival Contrapedal (Montevideo, Uruguay), Festival Clandestino (Buenos Aires, Argentina), Festival Cultural Zona Sul (Porto Alegre, Brazil), Grand Performances (Los Ángeles, USA), Festival Lavapiés Diverso (Madrid, Spain), Festival Grec (Barcelona, Spain), Festival Verde (Panamá, Panamá), Cumbre Tajín (Papantla, México), Festival Maquinaria (Ciudad de México, México), Festival Catrina (Cholula, México), SXSW (Austin, Texas), Festival Adverso (Guadalajara, México) and Festival Altavoz (Medellín, Colombia).

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