The first time I heard Underlights, I immediately contacted my brother Hugh and insisted he review it. He didn’t, so I thought I’d better take up the mantle because I think this band is too special to keep playing small gigs in dingy Sydney bars. Not that I don’t love dingy Sydney bars.
Underlights suddenly popped up on my radar out of nowhere. Their track “Now That You’re In Love” was the band’s only available track (released on an Australian radio website), and started getting a whole bunch of positive reviews and domestic airplay. I think a few people would have assumed it was a one-off piece of genius but Underlights have just released a solid follow-up single from their self-titled EP, “Remnants,” to equally positive reviews.
“Now That You’re In Love” has some great Beatles-esque psychedelic riffs and vocal harmonies, with other tracks from the EP showing more of a later 90s Brit-pop influence. The whole EP takes me back to rainy days in London, although that might just be because vocalist Jack Friels has refreshingly avoided putting on a fake American accent like most Australian artists seem to do these days. Respect.