Music interview: The Sunshine Underground

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The Sunshine Underground are revered in and around Yorkshire and despite being from Telford have been claimed as Yorkshire’s own. The band are back five years after releasing their second record Nobody’s Coming to Save You.

They have recently brushed off the cobwebs by performing at Liverpool’s Sound City and Live at Leeds festival at the beginning of the month and have just released their third self-titled album.

The Sunshine Underground decided to use Pledge to help fund their third album which allows them to work independently.

Explained guitarist Craig Wellington: “With this album, we wanted to finish what we had started without outside influence or pressure from a label. It was liberating doing it, that way there were no expectations of what the album was going to sound like. We own this and we’re in charge of it all ourselves and we have the fans to thank for that.”

Despite taking time out of releasing and recording new material Craig said that they were pleasantly surprised that fans preordered the album without hearing any material from it.

He felt that the lengthy absence from the industry was due to how hands on the band were when making their third album.

“We finished the album at the start of this year and we have spent time preparing ourselves to get the album ready and putting it together. We found that it’s taken a while to put together we had to write the songs, make sure we had the album artwork ready and we’ve been producing ideas ourselves. We knew what we wanted to do it was great to get back into it and put the pieces together.”

The third album from the band is inspired by 80s music and is noticeably different to the other albums, a sound that Craig said they were keen to experiment with.

“We never really could have used that sound around three and a half years ago. We knew we had made something different when we first started writing this album. (laughs) We were writing some really weird songs. Once we got back into it we then found our form.”

After exploring more of an electronica sound the band announced earlier in the year that they would be working on their album with producer Ross Orton. The producer has already worked with Arctic Monkey, M.I.A, Roots Manuva and Sheffield’s own Toddla T.

“He’s really good at producing music with bands and producing electronica. He’s also great at working with live bands and we wanted somebody who could combine the two. “

The band really found success around 2006 with their debut album Raise the Alarm which was aided by the popularity of indie music at the time.

“It was really good coming out at that time. We were always wondering if fans then, would have liked more of a dance influence in our records. We have been really lucky that the fans have come along with us as our music has changed.”

The band who are originally from Telford have been adopted by the North, which they are more than happy with.

“It’s great, we found that the band only really got going once we came to live in Leeds, it helped get us to the next platform with our music. We really do owe a lot to Leeds.”

Following the release of their self-titled album the band have announced their new UK tour later in October and hopefully will be playing in a field at a festival somewhere, although Craig couldn’t confirm where, “so not to jinx it”.

October 10, The Cockpit, Swinegate, Leeds,

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