ARTIST: ERLAND COOPER
TRACK: THE UNDERDOG
From 2011 to 2019 The Underdog was an independently-run arts and music bar, located under one of the remaining original arches in London Bridge.
The space was host to some of the most exciting art and music events that the area had to offer [in a section of the railway viaduct that used to be home to several clubs with huge significance to the capital’s dance music culture.] The Grade II listed polychromatic brick that forms this series of arches date from between 1864-6, and were designed by the renowned Victorian architect Charles Henry Driver.
Events, live gigs, and monthly exhibitions curated by the Underdog team captured the zeitgeist of nearby Bermondsey Street, while the continuous rumble of the railway above evoked the industrial heritage of this neighbourhood.
Hailing from the archipelago of Orkney, composer and multi-instrumentalist Erland Cooper explores the natural world of landscape, memory, people and place. Cooper believes music often reflects the landscape a musician is surrounded with, be it rural, urban, real or imagined. Originally part of acclaimed bands The Magnetic North and Erland & The Carnival, Cooper has a diverse musical history.