Reading quartet Sundara Karma have not long finished a massive UK tour - their notoriously fervent fan base seeing them headline Shepherd’s Bush Empire along the way - following the release of Top 20 debut album, ‘Youth Is Only Ever Fun In Retrospect’. It’s anthem indie a-go-go from the boys, led by vocalist and chief songwriter Oscar Pollock, with guitarist Ally Baty, bassist Dom Cordell and drummer Haydn Evans in tow.
You’ve been playing some pretty big gigs recently, how have they gone?
Very well thanks. It’s nice seeing more and more people turn up to our shows alongside all the young indie moshers. We’ve been playing some big venues with Two Door Cinema Club which have definitely pushed us out our comfort zone, but we’re gaining a certain kind of confidence which can only be harnessed through sheer terror.
How do you think that’ll compare to sweaty bars in Austin?
It’ll be a different kind of terror. We’re gonna love it to be honest. We’ve wanted to play SXSW for ages but haven’t been able to afford it so we’re just excited by the opportunity to be out there, among the finest.
What are you most looking forward to experiencing in Texas?
Heated bar crawls! Our tour manager has booked us into a nuts Airbnb overlooking a lake so I doubt we’ll ever return.
We’ve heard the Austin barbecues are legendary. What’s your item of choice?
We’re all vegetarians so a roasted pepper or something. Anything posh and feta-stuffed will do.
What can the SXSW masses expect from a Sundara Karma set?
A general morale boost perhaps, it’ll depend what mood we’re in. I think it’s gonna be super special!