[LIVE REVIEW] SUNDARA KARMA @ THE MACBETH, HOXTON, LONDON – 05/11/2015
For the third and final night of the Community LDN Festival, Hoxton’s Macbeth venue has been taken over by Killing Moon. The all-round musical company has curated the stellar line-up for tonight’s show as part of the East London-based new music festival, which includes Beach Baby, Pale Honey and Vitamin with indie pop princes Sundara Karma on headlining duties.
Storming through set opener Freshbloom, the Reading band prove instantly why they been gaining success at a rapid rate this year. Back in February EPI (which featured Freshbloom) was released and since then the band have signed to Chess Club Records and released another EP – with an album expected to follow next year.
Older songs like Indigo Puff and Hustle make an appearance too. The former is smooth sounding with unmistakeable transcendent lyrics and alluring basslines courtesy of Dominic Cordell, while the latter sees frontman Oscar Lulu stalk the stage, mic in hand, as he delivers quite possibly the line of the decade: “I should have known right from the start, you’re the devil in a push up bra.”
Recent single Flame proves to be one of the biggest hits with the Hoxton crowd, and it’s a track which has had many live appearances with the band’s latest run of support slots with The Wombats and Circa Waves.
Tonight’s set also sees the inclusion of three out of four tracks from EPII. Vivienne is anthemic and relatable to the majority of tonight’s audience (“Wild eyes, skinny jeans, disengaged at just nineteen”) and Run Away is a youthful pursuit of escapism set to poppy guitar riffs. While Diamond Cutter, which Lulu describes as a “very personal song” is emotionally charged and vulnerable with soaring riffs and the thought provoking lyrics: “It wasn’t til I was cut that I could shine.”
Closer Loveblood makes this East London venue feel like a stadium. With roaring riffs and frenzied percussion, it’s a relief to hear that this is the sonic route the Reading natives are looking to take when it comes to crafting their debut album.
The full capacity crowd erupts into rapturous applause and cheers as the quartet leave the stage and, with a name meaning beautiful karma, it’s clear to see that these sundara charmers have the whole of The Macbeth in the palms of their hands.
Listen to Run Away below:
Words and photo by Shannon Cotton