When Leeds indie dance trio The Sunshine Underground announced their fourth album, Luminescent, earlier this year, they also announced that it would be their last and this autumn’s tour would see them sign off in style.
Now in the thick of that tour, WOW247 caught up with vocalist and guitarist Craig Wellington – who will also be celebrating his 34th birthday the day they hit The Wedgewood Rooms.
‘It needs to be a good one, that gig – it’s my birthday party.
‘We’ve played The Wedge loads, we absolutely love it, but we’ve missed it off the last couple of tours so we definitely wanted it on there for the last one.’
When the band first emerged in 2006 they were lumped in with the nu-rave scene and took part in the NME’s tour of the same name alongside The Klaxons, CSS and New Young Pony Club
‘That was good fun – I can just about remember that,’ smiles Craig.
None of us is parting ways because we don’t enjoy it. We’re doing it because we felt it’s the right thing to doCraig Wellington
‘Probably musically, we didn’t quite fit in – we probably fit better now than we did then! Our live show always was quite energetic though, on record it probably seemed a bit odd, but live it was four big party bands.’
So what made them decide to call it a day?
‘We’re going in a much more electronic direction that doesn’t really fit with the older stuff, and it was 10 years from the first record. We’ve grown so far apart from that first album it would seem too bizarre.
‘I didn’t want to be one of those bands that only wants to play the new stuff and the fans only want to hear the old stuff, so I thought it would be best to make a celebration of it and then we’ll all move onto our individual things.
‘None of us is parting ways because we don’t enjoy it. We’re doing it because we felt it’s the right thing to do, so there may be scope to do something together again in the future. No-one’s fallen out and we’re having such fun on the road it feels like our first tour again.’
‘We’ve toured so much and that’s kind of what’s kept us going - we’ve not been a big radio band and we’ve not had any big singles, we’ve managed to forge a career out of gigging everywhere. Usually it’s just on to the next gig, and when there is no next gig, it’s going to be a strange feeling.’
The Wedgewood Rooms, Southsea
Friday, October 28