Sundara Karma's debut is imminent.
In Dork’s December/January issue (feat. The 1975, out now), we tackled a bunch of our favourite new bands - the ones whose gigs buzz with excitement, who inspire more devotion in their fans than Emmerdale does from our grans, and who will undoubtedly make 2017 special. Sundara Karma’s Oscar Pollock has just woken up from a three hour nap after an all-nighter in Peckham.
How have you found 2016? What was the most exciting thing that happened for Sundara Karma?
it’s been a bizarre year for us. probably finding out that Yoko Ono is a fan. By fan I mean she follows us on Twitter. It’s probably one of those robot things that automatically follows people, but still!
What do you think has been the biggest music-related news story of 2016?
David Bowie dying has to be the most devastating news we’ve had this year. I think everybody was able to relate to him on a certain level of their own which made it feel like losing a fucking family member.
What song would you crown banger of the year?
That’s a tough one. This kind of thing changes day to day. I really liked Parquet Courts' latest album so would have to say a track from that, 'Berlin got Blurry' perhaps.
What’s top of your bucket list for 2017?
Unity with god!
Your debut album is about to land - what can you tell us about its creation? Did you know how you wanted it to sound from the off?
No, not at all. The making sense of it came afterward. For us, this record is like being at a party and blurting out some incoherent drunk babble. We didn’t think any of it through, I think that’s what gives it it’s honesty.
You’ve both a headline tour coming up, and support dates with Two Door Cinema Club - how do you prepare for being on the road for so long?
Meditation, genuinely. Being alone for a long while normally does the job. It helps me mentally prepare for the damage.
Were you fans of Two Door before the tour was booked? What are you most looking forward to about those shows?
Yeah for sure. I remember getting their first record when it came out because a girl I had a crush on told me it was really good.
Who do you think will be the biggest new band of 2017?
My Blaenavon chickens.
Give all this a try
It's the first track to arrive from a new EP, 'Crying in the Prettiest Places'.
Check out the intimate, acoustic track as performed at some small US radio 'thingys'.
Seemed as good an excuse as any to get the BRITs Critics' Choice winner on the blower to tell us more.
The second track from a forthcoming EP, 'Life Was Coming In Through The Blinds', you can check it out now.
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