Striding out onto the main stage on Richfield Avenue, Sundara Karma are in their element in more ways than one this morning. “This is very strange for us,” admits frontman Oscar Lulu, gesturing to the road behind him. “We live ten minutes away, and drive down that road every day to get to practise.
While they’ve been ticking along on a series of promising tracks to date, it’s new album ‘Youth is Only Ever Fun In Retrospect’ that looks set to see them realise that potential. New song ‘Olympia’ is the peak - a Springsteen-indebted sense of adventure flowing throughout - but it’s most recent single ‘She Said’ and its tale of romantic debauchery that illicits huge cheers, just days after its release. The singalongs that flow the front rows are proof that there’s so much more to hometown hero status buoying Sundara Karma’s main stage debut - there’s a crossover appeal that should see them climb the ranks of this platform at rapid speed.
Photos: Emma Swann