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Bingley Music Live: Day 3 Roundup

 
By on Thursday, 6th October 2011 at 5:35 pm
 

Sunday brings a third day of quality music over to Bingley, a place where most artists will admit they’ve never heard of, and only a few have ever played. Bingley Music Live has really brought big name acts out here and made a name for itself over the last few years and as the third day begins, you get a sense that it’s now an established festival that supports both local and up-and-coming acts as well as the all important ticket selling, fan pleasing headliners.

Having not learnt my lesson from yesterday, I was yet again thwarted by public transport on a Sunday afternoon, but I’m informed that Daley was beautiful to witness in the early afternoon sun. As I arrive at the festival, I’m subject to watching Stereo MCs performing what I’m told were their hits. A long time ago, this band might have been enjoyable live, but as it stands they look like the kind of ageing people that would be in the pool at a Butlins, avoiding their family and doing some sort of swimming aerobics whilst their grandchildren frolic about with rubber inflatables. That song where they say “yeah” a lot was bearable though.

Doing their very best to pick up the pace of things come The Sunshine Underground. A nearly band of lad rock, you can’t help but feel that if Oasis had adopted these guys as openers in their last years, TSU might have made a real go of it. Sadly, however, they’re destined to do their best to liven mid-afternoon crowds with their two albums worth of music. ‘Nobody’s Coming to Save You’ makes the crowds bob, yet nothing aside from their nearly hits from the first album makes people move. Shame.

Eliza Doolittle is up next though. Surely the genuine singalongs can start here? Yes! Finally today, you get polite movement and a genuine festival feeling as ‘Skinny Jeans’, ‘Pack Up’ and even a cover of Kanye West’s ‘Runaway’ make everyone start to smile again (‘Runaway’ actually gets a bigger singalong than most of Doolittle’s tracks, but I’m sure she won’t mind). Even the security make a go of it.

The bands on back to back next are a little dissimilar. With Chase and Status playing their final festival of the season later, The Coral take to a stage that they’re really never going to own and with an attitude that doesn’t appear at all enthusiastic. Even the odd summertime classic leaves the crowds questioning their billing. ‘In The Morning’ doesn’t even feature as the set is filled with their most recent album’s tracks. As enjoyable as the record is, it doesn’t translate on stage. Happily, they do at least play ‘Dreaming of You’ and ‘Pass It On’, which gets everyone warmed up just as they leave.

Twenty minutes later, it’s still light and the crowds are restless. With just two albums under their belt and even a few anthems in the making, Chase and Status’s live shows are more sought after than ever. Coming on to rapturous responses they get straight to it with new single ‘No Problem’. Manic dancing ensues and doesn’t stop for as long as the group play. As the sun goes down and darkness takes over Bingley, the band seem to be reinvigorated as collaboration artists appear on the big screens with huge graphic designs and pre-made videos. Urban music with a rock and roll feel has gained itself a huge reputation these days with everyone from Jay-Z to Pendulum using elements of it in their famously huge sets. Chase and Status bring this along as well and probably do it better than Pendulum do. There’s less annoying on stage talk but still enough to get everyone going. Bringing their main set to a close with ‘Fool Yourself’, it builds up and releases what you’d assume was the last piece of energy in everyone that’s been going all weekend long.

Wrong! Coming back out with ‘Blind Faith’ which features a hyped up Liam Bailey creates an atmosphere of completely blissful pandemonium as the backing track soars over the park and sends everyone home running on the last of their adrenaline. Of course there’s another firework show, but tonight has been all about that Chase and Status show. A fitting close to a genuinely fantastic small festival.

 

Video of the Moment #244: The Sunshine Underground

 
By on Thursday, 13th May 2010 at 6:00 pm
 

One of the most underrated bands of the lat 00’s, The Sunshine Underground released their second album earlier this year. If you like Kasabian, Oasis, or any sort of modern indie you should love this, their new single, “Spell It Out” which is directed by Graeme Pearce and released on Monday, 17th May. Download a free MP3 below also, which doesn’t appear on either of their albums – to describe it, think Klaxons, but with a northern heart.

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MP3: The Sunshine Underground & FC Kahuna – From The City To The Sea
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Video of the Moment #186: The Sunshine Underground

 
By on Thursday, 3rd December 2009 at 6:00 pm
 

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The Sunshine Underground – Coming To Save You

The Sunshine Underground are back in 2010 with a new album, and this is a first sneek peak at it. If you like good proper indie rock, it’s gonna be right up your street – think The Twang or early Arctic Monkeys and you’re halfway there. Watch, enjoy, and download a great track that didn’t quite make the new album below.

MP3: The Sunshine Underground & FC Kahuna – From The City To The Sea
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The Sunshine Underground / February 2010 UK Tour

 
By on Tuesday, 6th October 2009 at 2:00 pm
 

The Sunshine Underground have announced their largest tour to date for February 2010.

MP3: The Sunshine Underground & FC Kahuna – From The City To The Sea

Tickets are on sale now for all dates. Catch the guys at:

Monday 1st February 2010 – Sunderland The Independent
Tuesday 2nd February 2010 – O2 Newcastle Academy 2
Wednesday 3rd February 2010 – Glasgow ABC
Friday 5th February 2010 – Manchester Ritz
Saturday 6th February 2010 – O2 Liverpool Academy 2
Monday 8th February 2010 – Preston 53 Degrees
Tuesday 9th February 2010 – Sheffield Plug
Wednesday 10th February 2010 – Stoke Sugar Mill
Friday 12th February 2010 – Derby Rock House
Saturday 13th February 2010 – Coventry Kasbah
Sunday 14th February 2010 – Norwich Waterfront
Tuesday 16th February 2010 – Southampton University
Wednesday 17th February 2010 – Brighton Digital
Thursday 18th February 2010 – London Koko
Friday 19th February 2010 – O2 Leeds Academy

 

Live Review: The Sunshine Underground at Oxford Academy – 5th May 2009

 
By on Wednesday, 6th May 2009 at 12:52 am
 

Sunshine Underground live (side)It’s late 2006 and a friend pushes a CD into my hands. “You’ll love this”, she whispered. Bearing in mind that this same friend had said that I’d love the new Britney album at the time, I wasn’t holding out much hope. However, when I pressed play, The Sunshine Underground blew me away. It was like the early 90s had come back, got good and very very catchy. Sadly I missed them on the NME tour in 2007 when they toured with Klaxons and CSS but finally they decided to come to Oxford, where I caught them tonight.

First, however, we had the sypport, Exit Calm and hotly tipped Boy Crisis

Take the crazy lovechild of The Verve of the mid 90s on their most drug hazed days, kasabian on their most reverb filled days and sigur ros on a very bad day and you end up with Exit Calm. Multi coloured search lights spread out over the Academy 2 (probably better known as the Zodiac for those of you who remember the days before Oxford’s premier music venue was refurbed). Perfectly competent, their 30 minute set featured dreamy, reverb filled numbers and potential titans of the record buying public. The downside? Vocals buried beneath the layers of effects peddles, barely audible. Shame, as I think Nicky Smith probably has some interesting things to say, if only we could hear them.

When Newsweek ran a cover story about falling standards among young men, a problem the magazine attributed to the “biologically disrespectful education system” as well as to the different ways in which male (compared to female) brains are hardwired. Their term for this phenomenon was “Boy Crisis”, and with that passing comment, five Brooklyn based boys thought it would be good to call themselves that, and in the process become a new buzz band of the blogging elite. But after that quick biology lesson, do they live up to the hype? Well, much like MGMT, Hockey, LCD Soundsystem and most US party bands before them, you need to be drunk to get the best out of them. Unlike MGMT and LCD Soundsystem however, when you’re sober Boy Crisis aren’t up to much – fun and funky they maybe, but ultimately they’re a poor younger “me-too” step brother to the indie dance megastars. Feel free to crucify me now, readers of Pitchfork, Stereogum et al.

After a quick clean of the stage, time for the headliners, Leeds based Sunshine Underground. Having overheard someone comment from a fellow audience member about them playing mostly new stuff, I was a tad concerned – most of times that bands do this it’s to show their “radical new direction” that ultimately leads to their lack of a record deal in coming months and a drastically shortened publicity trail and tour. However, it was great to see that this was far from the case.

The vast majority of the songs they played during their 70 minute set were new ones, and whilst I had no idea of the lyrics, they’re frankly amazing. Any band that can get their fans jumping around as much for a new track as their old album tracks is definately on to a winner in my eyes. The old songs took on a bigger sound, fuller and with a few nice changes – “Borders” with a slow and tender beginning before plunging straight in. The new stuff sounds absolutely huge – if their first album was meant to fill pubs and small clubs, their forthcoming album is going to be filling Academies, such is the power – they’re not quite at stadium sized yet, but certainly huge anthems.

“This is “The Way it Is”, and it’s my favourite track from “Raise the Alarm” – FACT!” joked Craig just over halfway through. Not the chattiest frontman I’ve seen, he lets the songs do the talking, with The Way It Is sounding particuarly huge – hypnotic at times, it seems all the “Raise the Alarm” tracks have been given a massive make over to become, well, huge.

Have I expressed my love for these four Leeds lads enough yet? Their second album is sounding amazing from their show at the Oxford Academy, be sure to check them out on tour (though many of the dates are sold out now). They’ll also be blogging their way through their tour on their official website.

MP3: The Sunshine Underground & FC Kahuna – From The City To The Sea

After the jump: More pictures.
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The Sunshine Underground / May 2009 UK Tour

 
By on Sunday, 15th February 2009 at 4:33 pm
 

Sunshine UndergroundThe Sunshine Underground have announced a massive tour for May this year around the UK. The Leeds based quartet are finishing off recording their new album, before heading out to play some new tunes.

To get you in the mood for the tour, download the free track below. It doesn’t appear on the new album, but it sounds mega – if this doesn’t make the cut, imagine what the whole album will be like!

MP3: The Sunshine Underground & FC Kahuna – From The City To The Sea

Tickets are on sale now, priced at £10 for all dates except London which is £12.50 a ticket.

Saturday 2nd May 2009 – Brighton Digital
Sunday 3rd May 2009 – Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms
Monday 4th May 2009 – Gloucester Guildhall
Tuesday 5th May 2009 – Oxford Academy 2
Thursday 7th May 2009 – Stoke Sugarmill
Friday 8th May 2009 – York Duchess
Saturday 9th May 2009 – Barrow The Canteen
Sunday 10th May 2009 – Dundee Dexters
Tuesday 12th May 2009 – Dunfermline Velocity
Wednesday 13th May 2009 – Glasgow King Tuts
Thursday 14th May 2009 – Carlisle Brickyard
Friday 15th May 2009 – Hull University
Saturday 16th May 2009 – Manchester Moho Live
Monday 18th May 2009 – Preston 53 Degrees
Tuesday 19th May 2009 – Wolverhampton Civic Hall
Wednesday 20th May 2009 – Bristol Cooler
Thursday 21st May 2009 – London Scala
Saturday 23rd May 2009 – Leeds Metropolitan University

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