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Underground Railroad – Biography 2011
(by Jamie Fullerton)

Chances are, if you’re reading this biography, you’ve heard of London-via-the-Parisian-suburbs rockers Underground Railroad already.

Possibly through the sawdust-rough demo collection ‘Twisted Trees’ One Little Indian put out in 2007 as an intro to the French trio to set them on their way. Maybe by catching one of the guitar-wall live shows that has earned them the reputation as one the UK capital’s most joyously feral live bands, at the countless London or UK shows they’ve played, or maybe a support slot with Blood Red Shoes, Dinosaur Jr or Ladyhawke.

More likely though it was through 2008’s ‘Sticks And Stones’ album, the Seattle-cut record that propelled them from rugged potential to a band who could confidently mould impeccable alt.rock influences such as Sonic Youth, Pavement et al into their own image.

Reviews glowed – critics and tastemakers gushed and salivated, but vastly more importantly the band earned the ear-pricking of reams of new fans beguiled by their charm, tunes and unpredictability. A giant leap forward, yes, but not the peak quite yet.

Namely because ‘White Night Stand’, the band’s third album, is finally arriving this June. ‘Sticks And Stones’ is viewed by most of its listeners as a revelation, but as singing drummer Raphael Mura admits: “There are a actually a couple of songs on ‘Sticks And Stones’ that I don’t really care about much. But on this one, it’s the first time I’ve loved all of the songs.”


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  • Shannonline

    The 2015 album Growing Three is not the French Underground Railroad, just some generic pub rock band. ( ._.)

    13 Mar 8:05am Reply
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    15 Sep 2012 Reply
  • NamesAreBStupid

    I saw them last week too. They were fucking awful. What on Earth is the appeal?

    29 Jan 2012 Reply
  • benzs_s

    saw them last week, fucking awesome, consider this a reiteration of what i posted in februrary!

    28 Jun 2011 Reply
  • Radamajkis

    Fuckin good music!

    28 Mar 2011 Reply
  • benzs_s

    how can so few people listen to this band?!

    2 Feb 2011 Reply
  • Spectralface

    I saw them in Edinburgh - they were tops! Great live show, good songs! Top performances! Really friendly!

    12 Mar 2010 Reply
  • melly_melly


    4 Mar 2010 Reply
  • xavier12345

    Wow! what a great live band!.... I always support your albums. But guys I just want to give trivia about the "Underground Railroad". There's more legacies of the Underground Railroad than one might think. Part of the legacy of the Underground Railroad is that people find tunnels beneath their houses or apartment buildings they didn't know were there - and sometimes it's discovered when century old floors give way. Either that or it ends up as a wine cellar and someone just didn't know what they were looking at. (You have to hide the good stuff somewhere – you don't want a beautifully aging pinot noir in reach of the undeserving.) If your house was a stop on the <a rev="vote for" title="Quick Payday Loan Rescued Me From the Underground Railroad" href=" ">Underground Railroad</a> or other historic landmark, it's worth a quick payday loan or two to preserve it.

    17 Oct 2009 Reply
  • UrJoyIsMyLow


    13 Jun 2009 Reply
  • petter-

    Saw them yesterday, brilliant!!

    20 Mar 2009 Reply
  • lancashirearab

    What a great live band! I just saw them last night supporting Fight Like Apes. They were easily the best band on the night. It was just a shame there were so few people at the show. I bought the album at the merchandise stall and got them all to sign it. (Really friendly). I am looking forward to listening to it tonight. Get out and see them now.

    3 Mar 2009 Reply
  • Mellback

    I've seen them with The Thermals in December last year, and they were great, must get their new album.

    21 Feb 2009 Reply
  • MelvinfromHell

    saw them live yesterday, liked them, bought their album, and right now i´m happy because of how things went;)

    8 Feb 2009 Reply
  • phorque

    thought these guys were cool when they supported deerhoof :)

    4 Dec 2008 Reply
  • TrebleTrouble

    Worth a look... New album is a great improvement.

    1 Dec 2008 Reply
  • guntrip

    now supporting The Thermals in London! x

    13 Nov 2008 Reply
  • JCandHusa

    Last album released last week. Great thing! saw them in concert last week in marseille, great performance also!

    9 Oct 2008 Reply
  • Syronn

    The new Album drive me crazy! Just ingeniously!

    2 Oct 2008 Reply
  • Iej

    Their bassist is hilarious on stage =) Nice people too.

    27 Sep 2008 Reply
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