After some initially difficult contact, Underwood finally agreed to meet up at an undisclosed location of their choosing for an interview about their upcoming Cassette Store Day release, which features ‘Doing Sixty Through The Darkness’ and ‘You Too’. We were picked at a car park, and put in the back of a windowless Bedford Rascal, and driven to the specified location. When we exited the vehicle to a misty, bitterly cold night. We could hear music in the distance, as well as what sounded like farm animals and we guided to a large, disused warehouse where we found three people sat around a picnic table, with a steaming thermos flask and boom box blaring out Public Enemy. We were offered a cup of tea to warm us up, and after the niceties, we sat down to talk…
Who are underwood?
U1- Underwood are the people man
U2 and U3 – Preach
U1- Underwood is the voice, the brains, the sprit of the people. We have a duty to speak for the people and make sure voices that traditional governments and media are afraid of can be heard.
Are you excited for your first release as a part of cassette store day?
U2- Excited? Do you get excited when the sun comes up and goes down? I find it hard to be excited about something that has to happen for the good of humanity. Underwood is for the children.
U1- We feel that the people need this music
U3 – People have the right to have this music
And how did the project come about?
U1 – The project came from the disillusion of modern society. Just like The Specials took the depression and resentment in the midlands and took it to the masses, we have to take 2017 to the masses.
U3- We had the ideas floating around and decided they needed to be put down and put out. People are tired of not hearing this, there will be riots on the street if we hold it back from the general population.
What kind of mood did you capture?
U2 – Rebellion, dissatisfaction with the austerity, a tiredness from ‘traditional’ policing, a tiredness from austerity.
U1 – It’s dark, smooth and sexy
U3- We captured the mood of the streets. Next question.
How does your image relate to your music?
U3 – The music goes hand in hand with our image. It may not be hard hitting like Public Enemy, but its dark, its mysterious. Its music for the people, like our attire is for the people. If you want to take on governments in 2017, you have to don a balaclava and all weather attire.
You are all multi-instrumentalists; what roles did you play during the recording of this release?
U1 – Yeah, we all dipped in and out of each instrument. There are keys, drums, bass, vocals and special effects on this shit.
Were there any influences or points of reference you drew from in the creation of these songs?
U1 – Margaret Thatchers government, Tony Blairs government, Theresa Mays Government, Kim Jon-Un, political distrust across the globe, Rupert Murdoch, fat cat bankers in the city, the collapse of the British mining industry, generation rent, The Great British Bake Off moving from the BBC to Channel 4, the Bristol sound, D’Angelo…
U2 – The struggle you know, what real people go through
Can we expect more from Underwood in the future?
U3 – We ain’t saying yes, we ain’t saying no
U2 – If someone is pressing record, then you know that shit is gonna come out…
We thanked Underwood for meeting with us, but there was no time to chat. We were escorted back to town.
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