BOUND BY CON­VIC­TION

Mel­bourne rock­ers Bri­tish In­dia have hung to­gether with the same line-up for 12 years and five al­bums, and stand as proof that there’s noth­ing like hard work to build a name in to­day’s mu­sic busi­ness

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the hard­est-work­ing bands in the coun­try. That’s paid off with fifth al­bum, Noth­ing Touches Me, re­leased in March, go­ing top five.

“We can’t get our heads around peo­ple who con­sider that play­ing Mel­bourne, Syd­ney and Bris­bane is a tour,’’ Wil­son says. “There are so many other places in this coun­try where you can build a fan­base and even now we are still find­ing new places to play,’’ Wil­son says.

Just as Aus­tralian bands did in the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s, Bri­tish In­dia get out of the cap­i­tal cities and work the re­gions as hard as they can.

“For the past seven years at least, we fly in some­where and drive on to other venues that are within a few hun­dred kilo­me­tres, play Thurs­day, Fri­day and Satur­day and head home on Sun­day.

“We’ve al­ways been a band that’s happy to work.’’

There is no moan­ing from them that the kind of record busi­ness that sup­ported bands of pre­vi­ous eras has re­tracted, if not col­lapsed en­tirely.

“Ev­ery­thing evolves and you just have to change with it. We don’t even ex­pect to get paid from a record th­ese days. If you want to make money you have to play live.

“The in­ter­net is a bit of a wild west at the mo­ment but I think things will cor­rect them­selves with record­ing, as we are see­ing with movies now.’’

The band feel for­tu­nate they have had such good men­tors, in­clud­ing early pro­ducer Harry Vanda, of The Easy­beats, and their long-time manager and pro­ducer Glenn Gold­smith, a vet­eran of the Ste­vie Wright Band.

“Ge­orge Young (An­gus and Mal­colm’s brother, also of The Easy­beats) told us, no­body knows what they are talk­ing about in this in­dus­try, you have to go in there all guns blaz­ing and say, ‘This is the way it is meant to be.’ There is no right or wrong way. It’s all about con­vic­tion.’’

Bri­tish In­dia have plenty of that.

Noth­ing Touches Me is out now.

Bri­tish In­dia show some re­mark­able similarities to Pow­derfin­ger, the Bris­bane out­fit who made their name through hard work.

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