British India are a loud and lively four piece band from Melbourne, Australia. They have a loud, angsty sound which overflows with rock’n’roll rebellion. Since forming in 2007 they have released three albums and are now set to invade the U.K.
Taken from the current album Avalanche,’ Vanilla’ was made available in Australia as a free download and received over 30,000 takers. The album has cemented the band’s position as Australia’s hottest young independent act, giving the boys their 2nd Top 10 Aria album in 18 months. The track is an amazing piece of harmonic and powerful modern rock and I strongly recommend that you do go and test it, play it loud!
These four school friends emerged from the fertile underbelly of Melbourne’s independent music scene to take Australia by storm in July 2007 with their acclaimed debut album, Guillotine. As the songs ‘Black & White Radio’, ‘Tie Up My Hands’ and ‘Run The Red Light’ became arm-raising, air-punching anthems at venues and festivals across the country, British India developed a hard-earned reputation for their explosive live shows. They took out the 2007 AIR Award for Best New Independent Artist.
Exactly one year later, in July 2008, the boys released their second album, Thieves. Thieves demonstrated the band’s growth, both as songwriters and musicians, as heard in the brooding, foot-stomping singles ‘I Said I’m Sorry,’ ‘This Dance Is Loaded,’ ‘You Will Die And I Will Take Over’ and ‘God Is Dead (meet the kids)’, and earned the boys their first 2008 ARIA Award nomination.
Their latest album, Avalanche, was released in May 2010 and received rave reviews nationally and again debuted in the ARIA Top 10. Jam-packed with brilliant pop melodies, high-octane rock & roll and the lyrical genius of singer Declan Melia; Avalanche takes the garage pop that has characterized British India’s initial success to new heights and features two of their most popular songs to date ‘Vanilla’ and the title track, ‘Avalanche’
They’ve smashed their way through hundreds of headline shows and appeared at all the major Australian festivals including Big Day Out, Falls, Pyramid Rock, Homebake, Groovin The Moo and Splendor In The Grass, to name a few – British India’s live show is a force to be reckoned with.
The boys have earned their place as the indie darlings of Australia’s underground music scene in more ways than one. Having resisted the temptation of signing with the major record labels the band remains unsigned and more independent than ever before. As vocalist Declan Melia recently joked in Rolling Stone, “The only way we could be more independent is if we carried the records into the stores ourselves”
British India are bringing their great sound to the U.K. very soon and you can catch the blistering live shows on the following dates:
Oct 29 – Johns House, Coventry
Nov 3 – Mothers Ruin, Bristol
Nov 5 – Borderline, London
Nov 6 – Hare & Hounds, London
Nov 10 – The Well, Leeds
Nov 11 – Night & Day, Manchester
Nov 12 – Stereo, Glasgow
Nov 13 – Sneaky Petes, Edinburgh
For more on British India: www.myspace.com/britishindia