Sundara Karma at The Portland on the 28th is one to get to this month (tickets here). The school friends have gone from figuring out cover versions to writing their own sunkissed, uplifting indie-pop. Last year after making the BBC Introducing playlist with their early track ‘Freshbloom’ they were selected to play two of the UK’s biggest festivals at Reading and Leeds. With their innate knack for writing solid pop hooks, an infectious sense of fun surrounding the group and some interesting, unconventional methods of inspiring and grabbing the attention of their audience, this is a young band to watch. In anticipation we spoke with frontman Oscar Lulu…
How is 2016 shaping up for you guys?
I don’t think a year could start off more upsetting than Bowie dying, however, at least it can only get better.
You’re heading to Cambridge soon, how important is playing live for you?
I think most guitar based bands would say that playing live is a key part. For us it means we get to engage with our fans face to face and be with them on an empirical level rather than through the inter-web.
How is work going on new material? is there an album in the works?
The album is more or less done which is scary to say. It’s exciting but also terrifying. We kind of just want everybody to hear it now but at the same time don’t want to ever release it because it’s just such a permanent thing, the ‘debut album’.
How much of an indicator was EP2 to what you’re working on now?
A mile off. It’s like the distant cousin that’s four times removed and not even blood related.
Reviews of your releases to date always include mentions about what potential the band has, does this affect you guys in anyway? do you feel any additional pressure or are you able to maintain focus on what you want to do?
I don’t think it effects us at all, although we have started walking around town now with our collars up and have started blowing coke like Jagger.
You’ve supported some huge names so far, how do you prepare for your own headline dates compared to being a support act?
It’s just a different dynamic. When you support someone more often than not the audience doesn’t know who you are so you gotta go in and really try to kick some ass, but there is also no expectation to be met. When you do your own shows you’ve got to get into the headspace that all those people have come to see your band and you’ve gotta give them one of the best nights they have ever had.
What has been the best moment of your career so far?
Recording our debut album for me personally has been a real highlight.
How do you write a song?
Most stuff tends to start off in my bedroom and then comes to life once we all start playing together and push our individual personalities across.
What influences your song writing?
Kind of everything really. Everything I experience goes into what I put out, conversations with friends about dissatisfaction is certainly up there.
What has been a musical eye opener for you?
What is something about Sundara Karma that no one knows yet?
None of us eat meat
What next for Sundara Karma?
Which band/act should we be excited about?
Father John Misty’s third album!
Hypothetically you’re going to DJ a disco for us – whats your go to dance floor filler song?
Darude – Sandstorm
Sundara Karma play The Portland Arms on February 28th – tickets here