22 Jul 2020
Counteract reviews Rocket's events at Supersonic
In March, Supersonic announced a bumper 2020 lineup following last year’s sell out weekend in Digbeth. This was not to be, but in June, they announced Sofasonic. With live music on hold over summer, the digital program was welcome news to their curious audience.
July 17th would have been the opening Friday for this summer’s edition of Supersonic. Instead, forty-eight-thousand viewers tuned in to the first evening of Sofasonic. Over the weekend, that number climbed to six-thousand.
A showcase from Rocket Recordings brought new music to the centre of the lineup. J.Zunz (best known as half of Guadalajara’s psych rock duo Lorelle Meets The Obsolete) offered some hynotic new electronica. ‘Faca De Fogo’, a thunderous new collaboration between Supersonic favourites Gnod, experimental percussionist João Pais Filipe, and video artists IMPATV was another highlight. Both offerings embodied the spirit of discovery that always drives this festival’s curation. Experimental duo Petbrick were originally booked to play this summer alongside the other Rocket artists. Instead, Iggor Cavalera kept the party going all night with a storming DJ set. His experience performing with Soulwax shone through as he spun Bad Brains and Black Sabbath over some glitched out beats...
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