[/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The story of ‘Youth...’ begins in Singapore. 1995 to be precise. A place Oscar was born and spent his formative years in - soaking in a vibrancy that seeps through the bright lights and even brighter mornings. It’s a world he remembers fondly, one that without him even knowing it - set him on a path that he continues to step forward into even now.
Sundara Karma: Youth in revolt
With their debut album 'Youth Is Only Ever Fun In Retrospect' out now, Sundara Karma are riding a wave.
Published: 9:36 am, January 20, 2017
[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]When people say that a band capture youth perfectly, it’s usually the same old story. With Sundara Karma there’s much more behind the story, blending personal memories, raw observations and ancient storytelling. In frontman Oscar Pollock, they may have 2017’s true indie icon.
In ancient Greek philosophy, the Allegory of the Cave is the sort of tale that’s been repeated and told for centuries. It’s not an old-wives tale of herbal medicine or how to cure a cold with a bamboo stick and a jug of sea water - but a foretelling of a world that even though has expanded still hasn’t learnt a thing. In the story, a group of prisoners are born and raised in a shackled cave; their necks fixed in place to look at a wall. Behind them, lies a raging fire and a another wall, behind which, people carry home-made puppets and figures which become the only reflections the prisoners see on the wall directly in front of them. For those prisoners, the reflections are all that they know and in turn, becomes their reality. The idea continues that once released from the shackles, a prisoner would turn and see the fire and be blinded by it, failing to believe what he sees after a lifetime of believing in something else and therefore would retreat to what he knows. It’s only when the prisoner is taken far from the cave and can gaze upon the place that he’s been held that they can truly see the real realities of the world they find themselves in.
“It’s such a mind-fuck, and even now it’s still so relevant to what we’re going through in society,” exclaims Oscar Pollock, who even at 21-years-old could very well have the most refreshing outlook on society, love and growing up than any band have distilled together up to this point. Sundara Karma aren’t just gazing into the shadows; they’re bursting out of the shackles and staring straight into the realities of life in 2017, of everything that makes us the people we are today - and that makes them quite bloody important.
It’s lead them to this point, to ‘Youth Is Only Ever Fun In Retrospect’. It’s the sort of album that examines a moment in time with the sort of precision that nails the exact emotion you’d be feeling at any given point and won’t sugar coat every up and down that life chucks at you. It’s a record about growing up, of not understanding what may be happening and that exact feeling being okay.
“I don’t know how people will feel at the end of the record” explains Oscar. “It’s weird, but it’s a privilege to have these memories captured on a coherent body of tracks. It’s an opportunity that not a lot of people get because it’s a real documentation of where we’ve come from 14 years old to now.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image="9351" img_size="full
[/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]It’s been a ride that has seen Sundara Karma go from band practice in Reading to the world, complete with the sort of universal spirit of an Arcade Fire in full groove, yet dripping with the grit and wounds of Bruce Springsteen. It’s written in every lyric, heard on every blistering high and now ready to stamp itself down onto 2017 and beyond. In the space of twelve tracks, Sundara Karma are about to inspire so much more than many ever thought possible.
As Oscar sips away in his label’s offices, looking back on the path that led him here - the album’s importance and relevance rings through. Each track is pivotal; each track is personal, and each track is a part of a much wider scrapbook that doesn’t just belong to him but all of us who have grown up and seen what the world is really about.
“For me, you listen to it, and it takes you on that journey, you can listen to it and feel all of the emotions that you felt at certain points when you were young - and that’s condensed into however long the record is. You end up feeling, like, maybe it’s changed your perspective on it all.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_video link="