The Sunshine Underground
Bassist Daley Smith has a crack at the ten questions that matter
most. We'd like to see Jordan and Katona do irreparable damage
to each other, too.
Why are you called The Sunshine Underground?
The name comes from a Chemical Brothers song. They took the
name from a book about secret underground clubs. Business men
used to go to these clubs during the afternoon, to get high
and have a good time without people knowing.
In a nutshell (or any other shell for that matter)
how would you describe your music?
I would say we write great songs, with good melodies, heavy
guitars and big beats. We like to write anthems, we want people
to sing along as well as being able to jump up and down in a
What is the reason you wanted to be in a band?
The reason I picked up a guitar was because of Nirvana. Then
I suppose a bit later on it was Oasis. When I was first getting
into bands, there were so many guitarists so I picked up the
bass to fill the gap. I wouldn’t swap back now, for anything.
If you could watch two celebrities wrestle, who would
they be and why?
Jordan and Kerry Katona would be good. Possibly a bit one sided,
Jordan would thrash her. I always enjoy it when politicians
fight, they always turn out to be handier than you’d imagine.
It also shows they are actually passionate about something.
Best and worst gig experiences?
One of my best experiences was having the entire crowd at Reading
sing Borders back to us. That was a lump in the throat moment.
One of the worst was being so pissed I couldn’t play. You know
that feeling when you lose the ability to speak coherently,
that frustration you feel, well it’s like that but in front
of a room of people. Thankfully that doesn’t happen these days.
Who would you want to play you in the movie version
of your life and why?
I think Macaulay Culkin is an under-rated actor and I think
he could pull it off. I love the way Johnny Depp completely
throws himself into his roles, not sure how they would be able
to get his teeth into with my life story though. Plus he is
just over 16 years older than me.
Are there any new bands that you have played with,
or heard, that you think people should be more aware of? Or
for that matter, any bands that you feel are criminally underrated?
There’s a band from Leeds called Club Smith. They have some
great songs, and I hope they have good things coming to them.
What are your top five favourite albums?
In no particular order
Abbey Road – The Beatles
For Emma, Forever Ago - Bon Iver
All Hour Cymbals – Yeasayer
The Bootleg Series – Bob Dylan
Dig Your Own Hole - The Chemical Brothers
These are a few of my favourite albums.
Who are your heroes and villains?
It’s a lot easier to think of heroes. Bob Dylan, Hunter S Thompson
and Ricky Gervais are all heroes of mine.
If you were leader of your country for a day what
laws would you change?
I would make it compulsory for City Centres, Town Centres and
Shopping Arcades to install big screens showing news and current
affairs. I think it’s too easy to turn away from reality these
days. The difficulty would be making sure that it was a “free
and fair” press. But I think the more information people have
access to, the more people care.