Melbourne indie rockers British India will embark on a mammoth national tour this April to support the release of their fifth studio album, Nothing Touches Me.
Touted as one of our country’s most exciting and hardworking live bands around with over 600 gigs under their belts, British India’s extensive 18 date tour launches in Alice Springs on April 16 and concludes in the band’s home state of Victoria on May 30.
Adelaide punk exponents Grenadiers along with emerging Perth four-piece Tired Lion will support the band on their headline tour, and Tennant Creek’s favourite sons Unbroken Expanse will open for the Alice Springs and Darwin shows.
Nothing Touches Me (featuring the lead single ‘Wrong Direction’ and new single ‘Suddenly’) carries on from fourth album Controller (2013) and bristles with the same energy and urgency of the band’s early material. Already being talked of as the band’s best album to date, it is set to elevate British India into the ranks of the great Australian rock n roll groups.
I shot a few questions the band’s way before their schedule got too hectic…
It’s early days, but Nothing Touches Me seems to be getting a great response online. How good is it to know your singles are doing so well already?
Its fantastic because the most tense time for us is just before the album comes out. You have gone through all the stress and drama of writing and recording and its time to see if it was all worth it.
When and where did you develop this record?
The album was developed over the last couple of years in our home studio in Melbourne.. We wrote the majority here and then went to Berlin for a month to develop the material more. We finished the album here with our long time manager/producer Glenn Goldsmith.
‘Suddenly’ and ‘Wrong Direction’ have a very polished sound. It’s the fifth album, what’s the recording process like for you nowadays?
Writing and recording has changed a lot since we started our own studio. We now have the tools at our disposal to really hone in on the craft. We have all gotten better at developing interesting sounds and being more patient with the process.
The album cover alludes to a space influence. Can you tell us anymore about that?
The album cover was a very 11th hour stressful thing to do. We had a lot of talented artists working on getting it right but for some reason it wasn’t quite hitting the mark. Originally it was a crashed plane in the same landscape but in light of recent events we decided it was in poor taste. Then somehow a space man was inserted into the landscape and it had this lonely eerie feeling to it that complimented a lot of themes in the album.
Over the last few years, you’ve supported the likes of Fall Out Boy and Hunters And Collectors. What was it like to open for those guys?
Its always fun being a support for big shows like those. The weight is off your shoulders and you get to play to crowds that might not of heard of you before.
Amid the cancellations, did you end up managing to support The Rolling Stones when they were out here late last year? What was that like?
We ended up playing one show with them in the Hunter Valley. It was an incredible opportunity; it did have a feeling to it that you were being let into an exclusive club. Our own show is a bit of a blur, but meeting them and watching them sound check in an empty arena are things I won’t forget quickly.
What’s it like coming home and performing in Melbourne?
Its nerve wracking! We all get a big cagey because its hard to remove yourself and keep to our personal pre gig routines because we are around all our friends and family. The rider never lasts very long in Melbourne!
Where did you scout your support acts from for this tour?
We have already played shows with Tired Lion and had an absolute ball partying with them, and look forward to a few more loose nights together. The Grenadiers we haven’t had the pleasure of hanging with yet but I’m sure its going to be a lot of debaucherous fun.
Is it important to have support bands that compliment your style or can just give a great performance?
It always helps to have like-minded music, we have been lucky to play with a lot of great bands on their way up. The best live performance I have ever seen was when we played with Unbroken Expanse, who come from a tiny town called Tennant Creek. It always makes us play better when the band before you is tearing it up.
What new songs are you most looking forward to testing out live?
The title track, “nothing touches me” should be a fun one to play live as it has all the elements of a great rock track, you can scream and jump around to it very naturally.
Why did you want to put on such an extensive tour?
Although we put names to tours we don’t really feel like we are ever off the road. Life for us is one big never ending tour at the moment, so this run feels natural to us.
At the end of the album promotional and the tour – I’m sure you’ll be exhausted – but what’s next for British India?
We are going to do some over seas touring in places like Japan the US the Netherlands etc;, and that will take us to the end of the year when we will start working on the next album, which is equal parts exciting and terrifying.
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Thu 16 April
The Gap View Hotel
Alice Springs, NT
Fri 17 April
Sat 18 April
Thur 23 April
Fri 24 April
Wagga Wagga, NSW
Sat 25 April
Fri 1 May
Gold Coast, QLD
Sat 2 May
Urban Music Festival
Thu 7 May
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Fri 29 May
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Nothing Touches Me is out March 13, 2015 via Liberation Music.