Review: Under the Sun @ The Underbelly, Hoxton 02/04/2014

East London – Full of hipsters, cool kids, trendies and host to (what should be) everybody’s new favourite band.

Under the Sun are one of those rare finds that have something to offer everyone. Their combination of piano led indie rock is quite refreshingly different from the manufactured copycat tones you come across on the unsigned scene these days (don’t worry, they sound nothing like Scouting for Girls).

Courtesy of HotVox, the band supported Turbowitch, alongside Silent Crowd, Dogstand and Tom Figgins.

This lively London based 5 piece are newly formed and sounding fantastic. The full room at The Underbelly were treated to a new song in the form of ‘Telephone’ – my favourite of theirs so far! It’s upbeat, catchty and guaranteed to get you on your feet. BRING US AN ALBUM SOON!

Arguably the best thing about the lads is the way they hold themselves on stage. They have a laugh, take photos of their crowds and generally get everybody involved. The audience aren’t just part of the show, they are the show (and it was very clear that the crowd were loving it – a few I love yous were definitely thrown around the room)! The band are growing ever confident and frontman Derryn McMaster holds the fort brilliantly.

Each band member brings something different to the table resulting in a unique sound with genre-wide influences which include The Beatles, Foo Fighters and even The Feeling. The band are also very lyrically strong, whilst their songs are easy on the ear their lyrics are thought provoking and at times tug at the strings of even the iciest of hearts.

Their new found popularity and success is seeing them being booked at a number of trendy East London venues. You can catch them next on April 23 at the Macbeth where they will be gracing the stage as a part of the GM Records Presents night.

Alternatively, if you can’t wait you can listen to them on SoundCloud – ‘Under the Sun UK’.


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