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LIVE! – The Sunshine Underground

February 21, 2010 by  

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LIVE! – The Sunshine Underground

ARTIST: The Sunshine Underground
SUPPORT: Cosmo Jarvis
VENUE, TOWN: Digital, Brighton
DATE: 17TH Feb 2010

FIVE WORD REVIEW: Festival worthy, anthemic, psychedelic rock. .

MAIN REVIEW: Walking into Brighton’s Digital on a sea-spray soaked February evening you’re just glad of some body heat and something hearty to warm the cockles, but stepping into an already jam-packed venue to hear the support act announce to the crowd “This is a song about paedophiles…”, it was clear that this was going to be a night to remember. Closing his set with a sea-shanty-esque ditty entitled ‘Gay Pirates’, Cosmo Jarvis and his array of stringed instruments were a perfect warm-up for the main show.

Despite taking to the stage to rapturous applause, The Sunshine Underground hit off a little slow, only regaining their mojo after playing forthcoming single ‘We’ve Always Been Your Friends’. Although sometimes sounding a little too much like ‘The Music’ with samey-samey songs that border on being repetitive, the band have become a somewhat thunderous juggernaut, spewing out anthemic tracks that you can see being chanted by the festival crowds this summer. They’ve developed a fully-fledged stage swagger akin to Kasabian and, some might say, an early Gallagher – not of the Shameless variety, please note.

When belting out new track ‘In your Arms’, lead singer Craig Wellington manages some spectacular vocals that you’d think were only manageable in the studio with a hell of a lot of editing equipment. When reviewing the album recently, the BBC said of this song “Craig Wellington should be the subject of a Bodyshock documentary called ‘The Man with The Grand Canyon for a Gullet’”. The fact that he can effortlessly create such a sound, added to the immense reaction from the crowd throughout, is testament to how The Sunshine Underground are on a steady incline to Greatness.

LINKS: Official Website // MySpace

– Sara Boughton



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