Navigate / search

FRONT ROW | BRITISH INDIA

Melbourne locals British India are a few weeks away from wrapping up their Forgetting the Future tour, and we caught them at the Triffid for the bangin’ Brisbane leg of the tour.

With six albums under their belt, British India are no strangers to the stage—they’ve grown an impressive collection of fans who have filled out the venue, a decent amount of whom have come out early to check out Eliza and the Delusionals.

The indie-rock four piece deliver a fast paced set. With only half an hour to work with, both Eliza and the Delusionals don’t waste any of it. Most tracks come from their latest EP, The Deeper End, and it translates perfectly into a live setting—their solid drum work complimented by brooding chords and vocals win the crowd over near instantly.

Queensland three-piece, Bugs, are next to warm up the stage before the almighty headliner. Their upbeat alternative-pop sound is broken up with a few cheeky one liners, and a quick cover of Cher’s Believe. It’s a throwback to the Pop Goes Punk era (are those still a thing?), and it’s impossible not to love. The boys end with iconic Aussie number Neighbourhood. It’s a brutally honest take on the local area, but it’s also a total charmer.  

British India hit the ground running by starting their set with the electrifying This Dance Is Loaded, a song that goes hard on more or less every single front. By the end of the track, the room is already a sweaty mess. Next track, I Thought We Knew Each Other, brings no promise of a break. In fact, the entire set is full of non-stop action, which, despite the pending physical pain, is exactly what we came for.

Having been on the road since late September, you’d expect the set to be ever so slightly worn, but every song is played at full-force despite this show being the 26th show of the tour. With a particularly impressive effort from guitarist Nic Wilson shredding throughout each track, the four show signs of slowing down.

The setlist revolves primarily around latest album, Forgetting the Future, but is dotted with old classics dating back to 2008 as per crowd requests. Tracks like God Is Dead, Vanilla, and Guillotine make an appearance, and are warmly welcomed by everyone in the audience. It seems as though a majority of the punters are long time fans, who are as eager to hear the older tracks just as much as the new ones.

The set comes to a close with Wrong Direction and Summer Forgive me. Ending the night on two classics, it’s the last chance both the crowd and the band have to mosh it out before we trudge back to the menial 9 to 5. It’s an inevitable flurry of elbows and warm beers, but it’s also total bliss. The curtains close and British India have once again proven that they’re an unstoppable force that only gets better with age. 


 

Alexandra Ainsworth