Smashing through the pain and excitement

BACK: British India will return to Ballarat's Karova Bar on November 9 as part of their 'Forgetting the Future' tour.
BACK: British India will return to Ballarat's Karova Bar on November 9 as part of their 'Forgetting the Future' tour.

Raw emotion will be the focus when Melbourne-based rock band British India returns to Ballarat as part of the group’s national tour.

Karova Lounge will host the quartet for one show only on November 9.

Lead singer Declan Melia, guitarist Nic Wilson, bassist Will Drummond and drummer Matt O’Gorman have just released their sixth studio album Forgetting the Future last month.

It is the first album released by the group since Nothing Touches Me in 2015.

The album is also the British India’s first recorded with an outside producer, since their debut effort Guillotine, and took the band into unknown territory.

Melia said working with Holy Holy’s Oscar Dawson had paid off with the final product – a 10 track album that kicks off with the single Precious.

“We were cynical about it but it really came off,” he said.

“The vision was to make things click, but still have high energy and high emotion.

“The testament to a good producer is someone who does not change the dynamic between us as a band, someone who is willing to get their hands dirty during recording.”

It is about the horrible experience of being alive and sometimes the awesomeness of that as well, and the difference between the two

Declan Melia

British India has been known for their high energy music, which has always been matched by highly-charged and energetic performances on the stage.

Their shows in Ballarat are no different, with the quartet’s return bringing them back to a city that has become a fixture of their Australian tours.

After touring in the city during the band’s early days, a long lay-off saw British India returning as hugely popular, established Australian band.

The raw emotion captured in the group’s newest album will once again deliver an exciting performance.

Melia said the band’s music was about the broad experiences of emotions in life.

“There is not one motivation, there is pride and misery,” he said.

“It is about the horrible experience of being alive – and sometimes the awesomeness of that as well – and the difference between the two.”

“We have a mix of ages at our shows now, there are some older fans and some younger fans turning out.

“Now there is a good mix of people who stand and listen, you can see the pockets in the crowd where people react differently, we can tell people are enjoying it.”