• Thursday 18 16:00 - 16:45

    Sónar by Day - SonarXS

A Big mood

The history of Barcelona’s underground and the Spanish counterculture would be pathetically incomplete without Victor Nubla and Juan Crek. Irreverent, unimpeachable, groundbreaking and stubbornly antiestablishment, Macromassa could be described as Spain’s answer to Throbbing Gristle, a lazy journalistic comparison that they’re sure to rile against. Experimental, yes, but primarily experiencial, their approach to creating art has seen them work across genres and media. Theatre, performance, soundtracks, free improvisation, design, installation, magic, literature, radio, video and sound design are all elements in their continuously expanding universe - nicknamed “Submundo Perez”.

This restless anticonformity has been their modus operandi for more than 40 years, since first emerging in 1976. Their early career saw them involved in two of the most important countercultural movements in the late 20th century: first the “Rock in opposition” (to the Franco dictatorship) of the late 70’s and then the post industrial scene of the early 1980’s. Since then Macromassa have continued to be relevant, releasing 12 LP’s and an untold number of live performances, culminating in the forthcoming “Sucede Alli”, a record based on a psychedelic dream that features “electronic animals, motorized cathedrals, stampedes, a yellow bandit and moist caves”. As if you needed another motive to see them at SonarXS.