Tell us about your new single/ album/ tour?
Towards the end of last year we pit out our sixth record Forgetting The Future and no sooner was it on the shelves at the record store than we were out on the road. Album tours are often a bit jittery, by the time you’ve found your groove and gotten the new songs finely tuned its coming to an end so we were keen to do another tour as soon as we could. We start at the end of May and go right through Winter. It’s the last tour we’ll do for a while so I’m going to savour every moment. Well, not so much the hangovers.
What’s your favourite work at this point in time?
Well the most honest answer is our most recent record, but its always more complicated than that isn’t it. I look back on a few individual songs off of the earlier records with real affection, probably because I can remember all the fun that went into writing and recording them. There a few songs which we haven’t recorded to this day that I love as well. Sometimes I look back and wonder where they came from.
How would you describe your sound in food form and why?
Our sound is like really dark chocolate. Complex, bitter but, ultimately, not for everyone.
Tell us a quick, on the road or studio, anecdote.
A few years ago at a club show on the sunshine coast I thought I would try a bit of crowd surfing. I jumped into the audience and they sort of jostled me back towards the rear of the stage while the band continued playing on the stage. Once I was dropped clumsily at the back of the room I was taken up in the arms of a burly bouncer who I expected would escort me back to the stage so I could finish playing this song (which by now was in it’s fourth repetition of a guitar solo that typically only goes for four bars). Instead the bouncer pointed to a sign that read ‘no stage diving’ and kicked me out onto the street. It took a lot of convincing for the venue to let me back inside to sing the rest of the show. Not a famous face apparently.
What, or who, inspires you?
I’m into bands that kept going. Bands that get up into the double digits of records, REM, Sonic Youth, Bill Callahan, probably because that’s the way it seems my career is headed.
Which song do you wish you wrote?
I would start with ‘I Want To Know What Love Is’ by Journey but the list of 1980’s torch ballads that would populate such a list is practically endless.
What’s next for you?
We’re not even nearly finished. As soon as this tour is over we’ll be holed up in our studio in Collingwood piecing together album number seven. We don’t like time off. Idle days are the devil’s playground. Plus, if you’re alive, you’re inspired.
What’s your scene?
I wish I knew. Starting to think I may not have one, everywhere I go I don’t belong.
Less than a year since the release of their latest album, the explosive Forgetting The Future, British India are thrilled to announce they’ll be returning to stages around the country in May and June on the Midnight Homie Tour that will kick off in Bendigo on May 11 and continue through regional and metropolitan cities in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland, before finishing up at The Gov in Adelaide on July 6.
With raging guitars, seriously provocative lyrics and a palpable energy that confidently struts through the track’s entirety, there is little wonder Midnight Homie has quickly become a fan favourite on the album and the live stage. It was twisted alt-rock warlord Lou Reed who once said, “My week beats your year”, but British India have upped those stakes on their new single, touting, “My night is better than your whole life.” Armed with the precision rock stylings of the new record, plus a bulging back catalogue of Australian live favourites – think Hottest 100 dominating tracks like Vanilla, I Can Make You Love Me and Suddenly – Australia’s most loved indie rockers are here to prove the snarling intention behind that arrogant claim.
The song’s themes are portrayed through striking animations in the Midnight Homie lyric video, highlighting career-best lyricism from vocalist and lyricist, Declan Melia; it is introspective yet has the relatability to resonate with the masses.
Forgetting The Future is British India’s sixth studio album and its innovative direction has been met with widespread applause, including leading the band to sign an international licensing deal with NYC indie label, AntiFragile. The LP debuted at #12 on the ARIA Albums Chart and previous singles, My Love and Precious were both added to high rotation on triple j, with My Love also scoring the most played track on Triple M in its first week. Over the course of their impressive career, British India have earned four Top 10 ARIA albums, eight entries into the Hottest 100 and their classic single I Can Make You Love Me is accredited Gold in Australia.
Be sure to catch the legendary Melbourne rockers doing what they do best on a stage near you this May and June. British India is Declan Melia (vocals and guitar), Nic Wilson (lead guitar), Will Drummond (bass) and Matt O’Gorman (drums).
Tickets to the national tour are on sale now.
MIDNIGHT HOMIE SINGLE TOUR
Fri 11 May Tap House Bendigo, VIC TICKETS
Sat 12 May Pelly Bar Frankston, VIC TICKETS
Sat 2 June Badlands Perth, WA TICKETS
Sun 3 June Secret Show Scarborough, WA SECRET
Fri 8 June Sooki Lounge Belgrave, VIC TICKETS
Sat 9 June Karova Lounge Ballarat, VIC TICKETS
Fri 15 June 170 Russell Melbourne, VIC TICKETS
Sat 16 June Barwon Club Hotel Geelong, VIC TICKETS
Fri 22 June Miami Tavern Gold Coast, QLD TICKETS
Sat 23 June The Triffid Brisbane, QLD TICKETS
Fri 29 June Cambridge Hotel Newcastle, NSW TICKETS
Sat 30 June Oxford Art Factory Sydney, NSW TICKETS
Fri 6 July The Gov Adelaide, SA TICKETS
✭✭✭✭ There’s an adventurous complexity to British India’s latest that’s an exploration of their creative nature – Rolling Stone
✭✭✭✭ Forgetting The Future manages to keep an emotional rawness which combines with the bands experience and skill to create an album unlike anything else, an emotional roller-coaster with a number of songs that have the ability to become anthems of a generation – Forte Mag