Underdog - Sunny Estate

Sunny Estate EP

Underdog have captured that radio-friendly rock slash pop sound that has made the likes of Snow Patrol such a success.

The key to this seems to be the ability to blast out something crunchy and loud during the chorus and to strip it down to let the vocal have more space at all other times – and it works rather well in the opening track, ‘Tell Me’.

The other noteworthy song, ‘Watching and Waiting’, starts off like something from Captain’s Hazelville LP with plenty of shimmer in the guitar department, and the addition of some sixteen-beat drums and smooth backing vocals emphasises the connection. The vocals in the chorus do sound perhaps a little too American for a band from Colchester, but as they’ve done so well thus far I reckon we’ll give them the benefit of the doubt on this occasion.

Altogether, there’s plenty of reasons to expect big things from Underdog in the next twelve months.

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Steve Fenton writes in our music, words, and culture categories. He was Editor in Chief for The Mag and covered live music for DV8 Magazine and Spill Magazine. He was often found in venues throughout the UK alongside ace-photographer, Mark Holloway. Steve is also a technical writer and programmer and writes gothic fiction. Steve studied Psychology at OSC, and Anarchy in the UK: A History of Punk from 1976-1978 at the University of Reading.

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