The Video Explained: Sundara Karma - 'Flame'

Reading four-piece Sundara Karma reveal the brand new video for latest single ‘Flame’ taken from their eagerly anticipated debut album, ‘Youth Is Only Ever Fun In Retrospect’, out now on Chess Club / RCA. 

Sundara Karma will soon be heading out on tour performing nationwide support slots for Two Door Cinema Club’s January-February UK tour, including two nights at London’s Alexandra Palace.They will then embark on their own headline tour due to begin on February 11th and concluding at London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire on the 24th - the band’s biggest headline show to date. Full dates available at the bottom of the page!

The Video Explained:
"‘Flame’ was inspired by Plato’s Allegory Of The Cave, in which a prisoner is facing a wall full of shadows from a fire behind him, believing the shadows to be reality. It’s only when released from the cave that he sees the full sunlit picture of the world. Lead singer Oscar Pollock says, “Ever since I heard that story I thought it was crazy, especially how old and relevant it still is.” Of the video, Oscar says, “Michael (the director) and I fell in love. We wanted to make something to resemble our relationship, something that would be eternal. At times it felt like the whole world was against us.”

The Song Explained:
The song confronts consumer capitalism like some sort of Occupy Walmart protest. “We’re told that happiness will come from buying more shit or that you’re inadequate, from adverts, that you need to buy the new best thing in order to feel better,” Oscar argues. “It’s really fucked up and there’s definitely some shady shit behind power. For me it’s so obvious what’s wrong with the world at the moment and what the solutions would be – improving education for example, and taxing companies that have committed crimes. I don’t understand why those things aren’t happening. There must be some dodgy shit going on if these obvious things aren’t being addressed.”

Sundara Karma UK tour dates
*supporting Two Door Cinema Club

January 24 Birmingham @ O2 Academy*
January 25 Cambridge @ Corn Exchange*
January 27 Manchester @ O2 Apollo*
January 28 Manchester @ O2 Apollo*
January 30 Leeds @ O2 Academy*
January 31 Newcastle @ O2 Academy*
February 2 Liverpool @ Guild Of Students*
February 3 Glasgow @ Barrowlands*
February 4 Glasgow @ Barrowlands*
February 5 Southampton @ O2 Guildhall*
February 7 Bristol @ O2 Academy*
February 9 London @ Alexandra Palace*
February 10 London @ Alexandra Palace*
February 11 Birmingham @ The Rainbow Warehouse
February 12 Liverpool @ O2 Academy
February 13 Sheffield @ Leadmill
February 15 Newcastle @ Northumbria University
February 16 Manchester @ Albert Hall
February 17 Glasgow @ The Garage
February 18 Leeds @ Leeds University
February 19 Reading @ 3 Sixty
February 20 Leicester @ O2 Academy
February 22 Portsmouth @ Wedgewood Rooms
February 23 Cardiff @ Cardiff University
February 24 London @ O2 Shepherds Bush Empire