Sundara Karma’s acclaimed album Ulfilas’ Alphabet is released today on Chess Club / RCA. The album has already been greeted with critical acclaim from the likes of Q, DIY, Dork and Long Live Vinyl, and second single ‘Higher States’ was recently added to the Radio 1 playlist. The Reading band’s second album continues to see them break new ground artistically, with the ambitious album covering epic stadium ready art pop anthems (‘One Last Night On This Earth’), stuttering New Wave funk (‘Little Smart Houses’), stripped back Scott Walker esque soul searching (‘The Changeover’) and full on four on the floor dance floor bangers (‘Higher States’). There is a bold, hugely ambitious metamorphosis at the heart of Sundara Karma’s second album.
The band take to the road this April on a nationwide tour, including a night at London’s Brixton Academy (13th April) and sold out shows at Nottingham Rock City and Glasgow Barrowlands shows. They will be celebrating the release of Ulfilas’ Alphabet with in-store live shows at Rough Trade Bristol (3rd March), Rough Trade Nottingham (4th March), Crash Leeds (6th March) and Rough Trade East London (7th March).
Despite being only in their early 20’s, the Reading four-piece have been together for close to 10 years. A steady rise came to a head with their 2017 debut LP ‘Youth is Only Ever Fun in Retrospect’, which saw them headline a sold-out Brixton Academy and draw one of the weekend’s biggest crowds on the Second Stage at Reading Festival, with scores of latecomers forced to listen from outside. Ulfilas’ Alphabet, produced by Stuart Price (Madonna, The Killers, New Order, Pet Shop Boys) and Kaines (a.k.a. Alex Robertshaw from Everything Everything), sees Sundara Karma throw off all creative shackles and stake their claim as one of the most exciting bands to emerge in recent years.
Listen to Ulfilas’ Alphabet – BELOW:
3rd March – Rough Trade Bristol
4th March – Rough Trade Nottingham
6th March – Crash Leeds (The Wardrobe)
7th March – Rough Trade East London
2019 tour dates:
2nd April – Glasgow Barrowlands – **SOLD OUT**
4th April – Nottingham Rock City – **SOLD OUT**
5th April – Nottingham Rock City – **NEW DATE ADDED**
6th April – Manchester Victoria Warehouse
8th April – Bristol Academy
9th April – Sheffield Academy
10th April – Birmingham Institute
12th April – Southampton Guildhall
13th April – London Brixton Academy