The Sunshine Underground
|The Sunshine Underground|
The Sunshine Underground playing at Solidays festival in Paris, France, July 6, 2007
|Genres||Indie rock, Dance|
Scott Edge (live bass player)
|Past members||Daley Smith|
The Sunshine Underground (often shortened to TSU) are an English, Leeds based indie rock band. The Sunshine Underground play a variety of punk, funk and indie, featured on their debut album, Raise the Alarm, released by City Rockers on August 28, 2006. The group is named after a song from the 1999 album Surrender by The Chemical Brothers.
The band are originally from Telford and Shrewsbury, and formed while studying at New College Telford. After New College the band moved to Woodhouse in Leeds where the band started to develop its sound.
In 2005 the band signed to City-Rockers label (London) and began work on what was to become their debut album Raise the Alarm.
Work on their debut album, Raise the Alarm, was completed in May 2006 and was released on August 28 2006 on City-Rockers/Sony. The main bulk of the album was recorded in two weeks at The Dairy with Producers Steve Dubb and Seggs while the rest was recorded in various studios in London with Rob Harder, Dan Kahuna + J.C.
Put You in Your Place was the 7" debut Single which was released on 18th July 2005 and had been limited to 1000 copies. The single had been re-released on CDS and 7" Single and is the band's most successful single to date, reaching number 39 in the UK Singles Chart in August 2006.
Following the release of the album the band embarked on several UK and European tours. Festival appearances in the UK in 2007 included Glastonbury Festival, T in the Park and Reading and Leeds festival (Radio One/NME stage). The success of the album in the UK was mirrored in Japan (also released on Sony) which saw the band complete two Japanese tours and various festival appearances including Summersonic and British Anthems. In 2007 the band were chosen by the NME to be part of the NME New Rave tour alongside Klaxons, CSS and New Young Pony Club.
Although the band were still active on the live scene, they dedicated most of their time from 2008-2010 writing what was to become their second studio album. Live achievements during this period included the bands first appearance at V Festival and a successful 15 date UK tour debuting brand new material.
On 3 November 2009 The Sunshine Underground released a 5 Track EP called 'Everything, Right Now'. The EP featured the track "Coming to Save You" which was to eventually be included on their second album.
The band released the follow-up to Raise The Alarm on 1 February 2010 named Nobody's Coming to Save You released on City Rockers/EMI. To coincide with the release of the album the band embarked on a 3 week sold out tour of the UK, which included their biggest hometown gig to date at Leeds Academy.
In 2011 the band traveled to Mexico and China to play several dates before arriving in Austria for the Annual Snowbombing festival.
On 21 February 2011, Bass player Daley Smith left the band.
The group announced in early 2012 that they would be touring for 2 weeks in mid April to road test material for their as yet unnamed third album. The tour kicked off at Club Academy Manchester on Saturday 14 April and saw them perform 12 gigs across Britain including sold dates dates at King Tut's (Glasgow), XOYO (London) and Sugarmill (Stoke) before rounding off the tour with a homecoming gig at Leeds Metropolitan University. The tour has seen the band play a number of new songs, tentatively named "The Same Old Ghosts", "It's Only You (IIOY)", "Neutralise", "Add Up To Nothing" and "Finally We Arrive".
In late April 2013, TSU finally announced their comeback with a small gig at The Old Blue Last in Shoreditch, London - to coincide with the release of a limited edition single called 'It Is Only You'. The third album and a tour are yet to be announced but are expected to follow in the latter part of 2013.
- My Army EP (2004)
- Raise the Alarm (28 August 2006) - City Rockers
- Nobody's Coming to Save You (1 February 2010) - City Rockers/EMI
- Raise The Alarm B-Sides & Remixes (6 June 2011) - EMI
Extended plays 
- Everything, Right Now EP (16 November 2009)
- Put You in Your Place (Remixes) (6 June 2011) - EMI
|2005||"Put You in Your Place"||Non-album single|
|2006||"Commercial Breakdown"||Non-album single|
|2006||"What You Like"||Non-album single|
|2006||"I Ain't Losing Any Sleep"||Raise the Alarm|
|2006||"Put You in Your Place" (reissue)||Raise the Alarm|
|2006||"Commercial Breakdown" (reissue)||Raise the Alarm|
|2007||"Borders"||Raise the Alarm|
|2010||"In Your Arms"||Nobodys Coming to Save You|
|2010||"Coming to Save You"||Nobodys Coming to Save You|
|2010||"We've Always Been Your Friends"||Nobodys Coming to Save You|
|2010||"Spell It Out"||Nobodys Coming to Save You|
|2013||"It Is Only You (IIOY)"||12" vinyl (limited to 500 copies)|
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