As part of their UK tour, Reading’s four piece Sundara Karma played London’s Heaven, and I must say they absolutely smashed it. Their main stage performance saw ticket sales for their autumn tour skyrocket, leading them to sell out this prestigious London venue and with a debut album being released in early 2017 and an increasingly festering fan base, the boys are showing signs of a very promising future in the music business.
The first support act was Liverpool’s own quartet, The Night Café. I had listened to a few of the band’s tracks previously, and admired their relaxed tone, but I was honestly blown away with their set. The atmosphere for the band was incredible and I could feel the entire audience enthralled with their intricate musical layers and sweet lyrics. I highly recommend trying to see The Night Café live on their UK headline tour, as they blow their recorded tracks out of the water.
The second support act was much loved band INHEAVEN. With their quirky style and classic rock sound, the venue erupted with energy from the moment the band merged on stage. Legendary tracks like ‘Baby’s alright’ and ‘Regeneration’ had the whole room singing and moshing, precisely what I expected from the quartet. It is also confirmed that I fall in love with their bassist, Chloe Little, every time I see them, as she rocked a burgundy velvet flared jumpsuit. Also go get tickets for their UK headline tour!
The half an hour wait between INHEAVEN and Sundara Karma felt like an eternity, as restless fans fidgeted excitedly. The lights dimmed. The iconic sun logo appeared on the stage backdrop. Oscar and the boys came out. Everyone cheered and screamed, and the sultry intro to ‘Indigo Puff’ surged through the venue. I was dancing dedicatedly from the beginning of the set all the way through ‘A Young Understanding’, ‘Run Away’ and a couple new songs, but nothing compared to the band’s cover of ‘Never Too Much’
The classic Luther Vandross song, with its sensual tone and bluesy feel, suited Oscar’s voice beautifully, and exhumed the band’s excellent musical talents. Everyone was awestruck as the boys performed the song; no moshing, just enthralled sways with our eyes fixed on the band. Anyone who witnessed it encountered something spiritual; absolute genius.
The mosh pits were restored with tracks ‘She Said’, ‘Flame’ and ‘Vivienne’. Like all Sundara songs, the great catchy lyrics and contagious melodies married with Oscar’s soft vocal tone, compose the band’s identity as a talented, indie alternative current band. The energy was heightened throughout the band’s performance, and even new songs upheld the buzz in the room.
After leaving the audience for a brief minute, Sundara Karma took the stage for their final two encore tracks: ‘The Night’ and ‘Loveblood’. We all knew the night was drawing to a close, so gave the band everything we had left, moshing, singing- totally immersed in the pure talent Sundara Karma had shown us. The lights came up to hundreds of sweaty teens; we had all died and gone to Heaven.
Bruised and exhausted, I was utterly blown away at the Reading quartet’s performance. They are a truly special band and I foresee amazing things for them in the near future. Grab your tickets for their tour if you can, and be sure to check out their debut album in January 2017.