It’s been a hell of a year for London five piece Under the Sun who have come a long way since their first gigs. They seem to have taken the unsigned scene in London by storm, playing some of the capitals favourite venues along the way including the Water Rats, the Spice of Life, 229 Great Portland Street, Zigfrid von Underbelly and Proud Camden to name but a few. Those who have taken the pleasure in following them on their journey will have noticed that with every gig the crowds get bigger, the music gets louder, the harmonies get tighter and it’s always so clear that for them, every track is a piece of art. Melodies and lyrics always carefully thought out with a little bit of something special from each band member.
Their EP release gig at the legendary Camden Barfly was no exception. The band drew in a strong crowd to help them celebrate the release of their debut EP ‘Neither here nor there’. So, another unsigned band in London have released an EP? So what? Less traditionally the band have chosen to release their EP in digital format, available to download from most online music stores, or, if you fancy something really retro, a limited edition slap-on USB wristband (mind blown).
The band played their usual set of crowd pleasers which got the 100 strong mob moving around the room in no time. Tracks included ‘scattershot’, ‘chasing’, upbeat (and personal favourite) ‘telephone’ and their debut single ‘place’. Feeling like you’re missing out yet? Don’t worry, Under the Sun will be gracing the stage at 93 Feet East in London on the 9th April in aid of the Spitalfields Crypt Trust.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Under the Sun are something quite different from the endless array of rock bands on the unsigned scene. The piano-led indie rock really is a pleasant surprise on the ear for those who haven’t listened to the band before. Next stop? A radio near you, I hope.