REVIEW gig Old Subbacultcha Old Subbacultcha
The Sunshine Underground showcase their new electronic direction
The Sunshine Underground at Birhdays 22-04-2014With the release of their self-titled third album approaching (the record is due on 19
th May via Absolute), The Sunshine Underground played a free intimate gig at Birthdays in Dalston to thank the pledgers of the album campaign who made it happen. The Leeds trio played a 60 minute set where they alternated new tracks with old fan favourites mainly from their 2006’s debut album
Raise The Alarm such as
Someone’s Always Getting In The Way and
I Ain’t Losing Any Sleep.
From the beginning of the concert - funnily enough kicking off with an energetic brand new tune named
Start – it was clear the electronic direction the band have recently taken. The guitars did not completely disappear but synths were now playing a major part, resulting in an 80’s dance- influenced sound which was reminiscent of New Order and Depeche Mode. It is not to be surprised that
In Your Arms was the only song from their more rhythmic second album to feature as the intention of the band was to perform a set in line with the new material.
The reception of the new songs was quite good, especially for the first single
It Is Only You which the fans sang along,
Finally We Arrive and
The Same Old Ghosts which saw the people dance on the spot even if they didn’t know the words. Even the band members seemed to enjoy the new vibes especially singer Craig Wellington who was more free to move when not holding his electric guitar. The front man also interacted in several occasions with the crowd to whom he dedicated a few songs.The classic
Put You In Your Place concluded a brilliant performance that left the crowd eager to listen to the new record.
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