Having embraced popular music in his critically and publically acclaimed solo debut Meridiana, and after surprising us with his EP Coros de Medianoche featuring Albert Pla, Nacho Vegas, Maria Arnal, Niño de Elche and Hermanos Cubero, Enric Montefusco continues to explore the mechanisms of song with his new album Diagonal, in which he lays out a conceptual game where personal disclosures are melded with discerning social criticism.
More direct and comprehensive than ever, the former leader of Standstill takes his sonar projects to the sublime and ratifies his literary commitment from an unbribable poetic, but also political, position of conscience.
Lead vocalist, composer, and artistic director of Standstill from 1977 until the band broke up in 2015, during that time he produced six records and three stage performances, all well-received by critics and audiences alike. From his hardcore punk beginnings through collaborations in Rodrigo Garcia’s theatre to his more conceptual and mutidisciplinary final vision, his career has been atypical and frequently against the current, earning the band cult status. He has received all manner of recognition for his work, such as best album of the decade 2000-2010 in Spain for Vivalaguerra, as awarded by Mondo Sonoro magazine.
From 2016 onwards, under his own name and taking the possibilities of popular music and culture to new levels, he has released two records (Meridiana and Diagonal), an EP-performance (Coros de Cubero), a large-scale stage show (Tata Mala, where he directed Barcelona’s Los Corderos, Sonia Gómez, and Los Falconers), and has written a book of short stories (Carne de cañón).
His constant searching and avoidance of complacency has led to the confessional and cathartic timbre of his Diagonal presentation tour. More committed and comprehensive than ever, he speaks directly to his audience, asking them what the connection between personal pain and its social and political context is.