It was during this time that the band established important contacts in the music industry, eventually hooking up with ¡Forward, Russia!
's "scene fixer," who promoted some of the Sunshine Underground's first shows. They captured the attention of audiences all over Britain when in 2005 the band won a popular BBC-1 battle of the bands competition called Fresh Meat. The band's debut single, "Put You in Your Place," was released on the City Rockers label in July of that year. They released another single in 2006, "Commercial Breakdown," and released their first full-length album, Raise the Alarm, on the same label a few months later. In August of that year, the band's single "Put You in Your Place" made it to number 39 in the Top 40. ~ Margaret Reges, Rovi