“It’s always nice to see people saying nice things about you, but we don’t really look at that sort of stuff. We haven’t been on any of the big polls anyway, so I don’t feel like we’re that hotly tipped band to be honest. I feel like we’re the underdog. I don’t feel any pressure.”
Sundara Karma are in bullish form when asked how they feel about becoming the blogosphere’s hype band of the year. They may not see it themselves, but from the countless articles online, the general consensus is that the world is theirs to take in 2016. It’s easy to see why. Since their inception, they’ve peddled in nonchalant anthemia, such as on the reverb drenched shimmer of Flame, showcasing an undoubtable knack for a hook and an ear for a crowdbaiting chorus.
The band are currently midway through their largest headline tour to date, and as if the larger crowds alone weren’t enough to indicate their growth, the shows “have been nuts, with lots of moshing and crowd surfing and stuff, which is always good.” Such is their faith in what more they have to offer that they’ve been willing to cast off some of the older fan favourites for efforts from their forthcoming debut album. The album is “coming out this year, after the festival season.” It’s also finished, but for one track. It sounds like we’ll be hearing a lot more from the Reading-based bunch this year.
As witnessed with the raucous reception that euphoric new single A Young Understanding receives when aired live, their decision to purge the old is hugely vindicated. The band themselves state “people get a bit annoyed because we’re not playing all of the old songs, but the best way of telling if a track has gone down well is at a show, if people move to it”. With a pulsating wave of energy running throughout, and a chorus that builds to an almighty crescendo, the new single seems purpose built for stadiums, providing a startling reminder of both the momentous potential to be found within this group.
With the buzz still yet to fade from being premiered on Annie Mac’s Radio 1 show, there’s a palpable confidence in the camp. “So far it’s been more of a slow burner, but I think if there’s going to be a point where shit really starts to kick off it’ll be with the release of this album.” With scores of sold out dates before a summer of festivals before then, there’s still plenty of time to see whether the hype that the band have yet to see turns out to be right. Judging by the melancholy power of their choruses thus far, you’d think that it might.
By Lennon Craig