Brixton Academy. A legendary venue, graced by the likes of The Clash, David Bowie and Prince.
Tonight saw stellar support in the form of Willie J Healey and The Magic Gang which lit the blue torch paper for what as incredible show here tonight.
Having seen Sundara Karma only last week (Friday 29th September) tear apart The 1865 in Southampton, Gig Soup were keen to see if they could bring that same power and level of performance to a bigger stage. Brixton was their biggest show to date.
Seamless. Professional. Slick.
Some words that jump straight to the front of the mind when describing this show. They ripped through a set that rolled tantalisingly off the stage and into the sea of mystified fans.
Opening with the wonderfully moody Another Word For Beautiful, you got the impression these boys from Reading were almost giving themselves the chance to soak it all up before getting into the heavy hitters in their repertoire. She Said, Olympia and Flame caused just the amount of chaos you would expect all before the emphatic Explore.
Sundara Karma are the type of band that, when seen live, it is impossible not to feel true joy and excitement. With big Indie names such as The Maccabees hanging up their guitars this year, Sundara Karma are exactly the type of band ready to take the mantle.
Lakhey, a late edition to a re-released debut album Youth Is Only Ever Fun In Retrospect, is a song that refused to slow at any point. Brilliant drums and the ever-impressive vocals from lead singer Oscar Pollock create a texture so unique to this outfit. Even a distant cowbell sounds throughout Lakhey – what’s not like?!
Whenever a discussion about the hottest new band or where our hearts belong when it comes to the material pumping out of our speakers, it has always been surprising the lack of people that know this extraordinary band.
Their tour has sold well and Brixton was as busy as we have seen it, yet this band deserves more. Those who know them, love them. Those that don’t, soon will.
Clad in flares and loose fitting buttoned shirts, they exuded excitement and ease throughout their set. Never once did they look out of place on this stage.
Sundara Karma are a band that grow in stature each time you see them. The songs in their arsenal seem to cover every emotion on the spectrum. The duality of rhythms found in Happy Family, is a beautifully composed example of just how much they can tug at the heart strings.
The crowd heaved, bopped and pushed throughout this brilliant set. If you are yet to listen to this band, tune in right now.
The UK leg of the current tour continues this week, before a string of dates throughout Europe in December.