The Underwater Sounds are a reggae/funk/fusion band based out of Philadelphia with soul, jazz, and psychedelic influences. They began as Sonni Shine & the Underwater Sounds and released a self-titled EP in 2010. They shortened the name after the 2012 release of their first full length entitled Que Se Queda.
The Underwater Sounds have performed over 600 east coast shows and several DIY tours, ranging from Maine to Asheville NC. They've been a crossover addition to many PA and NJ jamband music festivals.
Playing venues such as the TLA, the Blockley, the Ardmore Music Hall, the Paramount, and the Sherman Theater, the band has performed with many of their favorite influences; Snarky Puppy, Groundation, John Brown's Body, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, The Skints, the Slackers, Pimps of Joytime, the English Beat, Easy Star All Stars, Ozric Tentacles, Consider the Source, and many more.
In 2015, the band won the PHL Live Competition in the World Music Category, and was invited to City Hall to receive an award acknowledging their contribution to Philadelphia's music history. In 2018 the band emerged from a 2 year hiatus and performed a handful of dates including Beardfest and Back to the Garden. They are currently active and booking festival dates, as well as tending various side projects including Sonni Shine, PanSong, Miss Cantaloupe, Nik Greeley & the Operators, and Funk Norris.