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
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.