SXSW 2017 Interview: Oscar Pollock and Haydn Evans of Sundara Karma

By on Friday, 24th March 2017 at 1:00 pm

On the 13-hour drive from Tucson to Austin for SXSW 2017, satellite radio was my natural companion, keeping me both entertained and awake through the long stretches of desert in the American southwest. Several times along my journey, I heard the new single from Reading band Sundara Karma, who were, not coincidentally, also one of the most hotly tipped bands at SXSW.  I had, myself, tipped the infectious single ‘She Said’ in my January review of Sundara Karma’s debut album ‘Youth is Only Ever Fun in Retrospect’, so I was excited to hear it getting radio play and even more excited to chat with the band about it on the Tuesday afternoon of SXSW 2017.


My interview with Sundara Karma took place on the patio of the Radisson Hotel in downtown Austin, where I talked with frontman Oscar “Lulu” Pollock and drummer Haydn Evans. (Guitarist Ally Baty and bassist Dom Cordell were present as well, though they might have taken the opportunity to sip a drink by the side of the pool while they waited.) Having only arrived in town a few hours earlier, the band had yet to take in the full SXSW experience, but they claimed to be up for anything, including performances on some of the largest stages in Austin.

Aside from Sundara Karma’s new album and their lengthy list of gigs at SXSW, our conversation also touched on the band members’ sartorial choices, some of which were perhaps a bit unusual even for Austin, and the antics they had planned for their downtime. With eight live shows and a high-demand press schedule, I suspect that downtime quickly became a precious commodity, but I do hope the lads enjoyed their time in Austin as much as I enjoyed their performances later in the week. Stay tuned to TGTF in the coming days for coverage and photos of Sundara Karma’s shows at Stubb’s and the British Music Embassy.

Sundara Karma at SXSW 2017

Our thanks to Chloe and Roxy for organising this interview.

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