Leeds lads swap guitars for flares on 80's tinged self-titler

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The Sunshine Underground - 'The Sunshine Underground'

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The Sunshine Underground – ‘The Sunshine Underground’

As Leeds’ premiere jerk rockers, The Sunshine Underground could lay claim to paving the way for Foals and Two Door Cinema Club, but on this third album they largely ditch the guitars and bask in the prevailing neon fireball of ’80s electropop. They’re late to the party, but immaculately primped: ‘Turn It On’ and ‘Nightlife’ are the sort of suave, melodic Human League homages that Hurts think they’re playing, and there’s real invention in the seven-minute game of poltergeist ping-pong that is ‘Battles’. Besides ‘It Is Only You’ and ‘Here Comes The Storm’, the mountain-shouting bravado of old tracks like ‘Borders’ and ‘Put You In Your Place’ has been dampened, but ‘TSU’ is an intriguing new sunrise.

Mark Beaumont

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