Sundara Karma have now been touring for a best part of 2 months. Supporting Two Door Cinema Club on their sold out UK tour and now 3/4 through their own sold out UK tour the boys from Reading are slowly growing into one of the biggest indie bands right now. I managed to catch them open the tour in Birmingham and also Cardiff last night. Y Stiwdio played a fitting part in the night and it was nice to see them play one of the biggest venues of the tour in Birmingham to one of the smallest in Cardiff,
First up was Palm Honey who are also from Reading and are close friends with Sundara. Palm Honey kick started their career in 2015 gaining thousands of listens on Soundcloud and Spotify, they radiate their influences from the likes of Tame Impala and Blossoms in their music. Hints of psychedelia creep in and their sound on a whole is fresh and edgy. They played a 30 minute set and after I spoke to a few of the crowd members and they said that Palm Honey are definitely a band to watch. Could they follow the same path as Sundara Karma?
Next up was Will Joseph Cook. Many on twitter turned his name into a meme but after seeing him last night him and his band have one agenda and that is to cook up a storm and produce stupidly enjoyable pop songs. The crowd at the front enjoyed singing back at him and swaying due tp a lot of crowd interaction during ‘Beach’ and ‘Girls like me’. Can’t wait to catch him again at Truck and on the 20th February he announced his debut album and a tour to follow it. If anything the debut album is going to be filled with pop certified bangers.
Then the moment we were all waiting for, a black room, flashing lights and ‘Hollback Girl’. Then Sundara Karma appeared. Opening with ‘A Young Understanding’ which is easily one of the best songs off the album. They went on to play classics such as ‘Olympia’, ‘Indigo Puff’ and ‘She Said’. The whole purpose of the tour was to promote their debut album and of course they played majority of it. Definitely one of my favourites off it is ‘The Night’. A certified anthem and one the fans will always have an emotional moment during it. Then of course ‘Loveblood’ to cap off a brilliant gig. The middle of the room split open for the pit and everyone sang all the words back to Oscar.
A couple of things I would like to say is first groping still happens and the security really needs to sort it out. Yet again a few of the crowd members complained about men groping. Also the crowd were pretty tame and quiet which did make the night a little less fun but that could me because I have seen them seven times and Truck will be the last time this year for me.
All in all the night was dazzling and I would like to thank Orchard Entertainment for putting on the gig.