HEAD­ING IN RIGHT DI­REC­TION

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - LIVE & LOUD -

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

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