Bloomington’s music scene in known across the country not for just attracting bands to play, but also because of number of quality local bands. The Underhills are just one of those bands, and now they are asking for the community’s help.
The six-piece acoustic folk group is hoping to record their first full-length album over Spring Break at Sonic Ranch Studios in Tornillo, Texas, and have started an Indiegogo campaign to help fund the project. The group wants to record to Sonic Ranch because some of their favorite artists have recorded at the Grammy award-winning studio (think Animal Collective, Beach House, Explosions in the Sky). Within eight days of starting the campaign, the band has already raised a total of $3,965 towards the project, but they are still in need of donations to reach their $6,000 goal.
The Underhills are an extremely unique group of young men whose musical talent is unmatched. Each member has a different background and instead of this causing the group to splinter or stick with one genre, it allows them to collaborate and create a song that sounds different to anything else that you are going to hear locally in Bloomington, and if not anywhere else. Have you heard an acoustic band featuring instruments such as violin, mandolin, and banjo do a killer cover of “Come As You Are” by Nirvana before? I haven’t, until I heard The Underhills. Have you ever heard a band do a rousing folk number and then switch to a song with a melody that could come straight from a Smokey Robinson song? Not ‘till I heard The Underhills. Have you ever seen a group of twenty something’s mosh to a group that has a violin in it? You get it.
More than their undeniable musical talent, The Underhills radiate positivity and camaraderie whenever they play. The group has been together for four years and throughout their college careers have grown together as a band. When you watch The Underhills on stage, you aren’t watching six random guys just jam, but six best friends having the best time of their lives at every show. Personally, I’ve been fortunate enough to get to know these guys over the past two years and they are some of the most kind hearted, down to earth, and fun people you will ever meet. I know their music has brought such joy to my life and to lives of many other people in Bloomington. If you haven’t listened to The Underhills before, take a listen and I’m positive you will enjoy it. So, if you do one good deed a year, I implore you to make this it. The Underhills have given so much to the Bloomington community over the past couple of years, let’s give to them so that they can continue to bring us thoughtful and creative music.