Earlier this year Sundara Karma put out a great record called Youth Is Only Ever Fun In Retrospect. It came out so early, in fact, that I keep forgetting it’s a 2017 release (which is why it isn’t in my top albums of the year list-I plan to rectify with the next update). There isn’t anything flashy about what they do, but they craft really strong songs within the typical rock band arrangement of guitar, bass, drum, and singer. The lads from Reading don’t add any whizbang pyrotechnics or crazy visuals during their live set, allowing the songs to speak for themselves.
This Chicago performance was part of a tour Alt Nation put together, featuring Sundara Karma, Coast Modern, and 888. While the crowd seemed to be there for Coast Modern, they definitely got down and danced with these Brits. Everyone seemed to know the words to their single “Flame,” which came earlier in the set than expected.