After a year-long hiatus and with a change of line-up, Melbourne rockers British India are returning to WA in February to perform at some of their favourite venues.
I can’t wait to get back – I’m absolutely hangin’ for it!Matt O’Gorman, British India
Drummer Matt O’Gorman said that WA audiences were among their first fans and our sunny state holds a special place in the band’s memories.
“WA was the first place outside of Victoria where people really embraced us and we sold-out shows,” he said.
“I can’t wait to get back – I’m absolutely hangin’ for it!”
Matt is the drummer in British India and plays with Declan Melia (vocals, guitar), Will Drummond (bass) and had always played with guitarist Nic Wilson.
This tour is the band’s first since founding member Nic retired in 2018 and they welcomed new guitarist, Jack Tosi.
Jack has known the British India guys since high school – and even beat them with his own band in an early “Battle of the Bands” competition.
Matt said Jack had fitted into the band like a glove and they knew instantly that he was right person.
“We played one song together and we absolutely nailed it and we just knew,” he said.
“Nick was a founding member and a best buddy and so when he decided he couldn’t tour any more we didn’t know if that would be the end of the band.
“I asked the other guys if they were missing it and we all were.”
The band tested the waters with the new line-up – and sold out shows across the east coast.
After releasing six albums and earning four Top 10 ARIA albums, eight entries into the Hottest 100 and the ARIA Gold accredited single, I Can Make You Love Me, it’s great to see that British India still have ‘it’.
“We were relieved because you don’t know how it is going to go, but Jack took to the band like a duck to water,” Matt said.
“So this means we can keep touring and keep doing what we love.
“We haven’t started writing yet and so we don’t know what’s to come – but everybody wants to write new music.
The band has played at all the regular WA venues and has a love for both WA’s music culture and the fabulousness of the region itself.
“Oh my god everywhere we go we just love it!”
“We love playing in Margaret River and Bunbury, we love playing in Freo at the Norfolk – and going to the markets – and we have spent so much time in Scarborough.
“We must have played the Indi bar 30 times.
“We live for visiting WA!
“It is a music-loving population and everywhere you go there is someone playing music.”
The band will head to WA armed with their bulging back catalogue of Australian live favourites – think Hottest 100 tracks like Vanilla, I Can Make You Love Me, Suddenly; Run The Red Light, I Said I’m Sorry and the song that started it all, Tie Up My Hands.
British India’s WA tour will kick off at Bunbury’s Prince of Wales on February 20, followed by shows at Guildford’s Stirling Arms on February 21, Perth’s Badlands Bar on February 22 and Scarborough’s Indian Ocean Hotel on February 23.
Tickets to British India’s WA tour are available now via Oztix.