HEADING IN RIGHT DIRECTION
Following a brief hiatus from the road, British India are heading to the Gold Coast for a good old-fashioned rock ‘n’ roll show.
Frontman Declan Melia says the last few weeks have been “massive” for Melbourne rockers. Direct from recording their new album in Berlin, the band were hand-picked to play with The Rolling Stones after Mick Jagger himself viewed live footage of the band.
Last week, the four-piece released new single Wrong Direction, the first taste from their forthcoming fifth album.
“The single is an expansion of what we were doing last album,” he says. “When we took the last album on the road we found kids liked that stuff more than our old-school sound.”
The singer says the change in sound is a reflection of the group maturing as musicians.
“When we started out we were known for trashing and it’s still what we do best, but over the past 10 years we have learnt that songs don’t have to go hell-for-leather from start to finish,” he says. “We were slow learners and none of us were blessed with great musical abilities, so the sound has gradually changed.
“It’s lucky because sometimes bands will drastically change their sound from one album to the next, and people don’t react positively.”
British India formed a decade ago and have released four albums since 2007.
As for the progression of their sound, Melia says the band is always open to new ideas.
“When we sit down to do a song the punk is always there, but it’s a little more dynamic,” he says.
As a testament to the band’s growing popularity, when they were chosen to support the Rolling Stones on their upcoming Australian tour Melia says he felt humbled.
“It makes me … scared, but it’s also a real honour,” says Melia.
British India, Soundlounge, Currumbin, tomorrow night.
Australian band British India