Last Saturday 19 September, British India played to a very full, and very lively, house at The Cambridge Hotel. After a sell-out show in Newcastle only a few months before, it seems that Novocastrians just can’t get enough of this band.
This was one of those shows that radiated with good vibes. Of course, a massive turn-out teed up with three faultless and passionate sets from each of the bands on the bill will always make for a solid evening. Here are a few of our highlights…
1. British India love their fans, and make sure they know it
The interaction between band and audience can make or break a live show, and this might be the reason why British India have such a loyal following. From the moment frontman, Declan Melia, hits the stage, he talks to the crowd as if he’s picking up a conversation with a group of old friends. This kind of connection is what, evidently, locks down your fans’ hearts show after show.
2. The line-up was killer
We can’t go dishing out all the credit to British India when two awesome local bands, Auxfire and Maids, got the stage (and the crowd) well and truly warmed up with their energy-soaked steadfast performances. These two bands are doing some excellent things. We’ve said it before, and these guys just keep proving us right. Definite must-sees when it comes to our favourite local acts.
3. We were reminded of the bounty of hits British India have delivered
From their 2007 debut album, Guillotine alone, songs like ‘Tie Up My Hands‘, ‘Run The Red Light‘, ‘Council Flats‘, and ‘Black & White Radio‘ propel their set with an incredible charge and potency. It’s hard not to harbour a bit of favouritism towards these songs over their latest offerings. Nonetheless, their new singles ‘Blame It All On Me‘, ‘Suddenly‘ and ‘Wrong Direction‘ proved to be hits with The Cambridge crowd, who roared in approval after each song.
4. British India covered Blink 182’s ‘Dammit‘ and everyone in the crowd regressed back to their 1997 selves
Whether you love it or hate it, ‘Dammit‘ is undeniably a quintessential teen angst anthem. I think every single person in front of that stage sang/screamed every word. Great job, everyone.
5. British India do not age and might have sold their souls for eternal youth…
Look, we’re not 100% sure about the soul-selling, but we’re suspicious. These guys do not age. After a decade of touring, lugging gear, long nights and rough mornings on the road, you’d think the unforgiving hand of time would have slapped them harder than most. But, nope, they still look almost exactly as they did on their ‘Teenage Mother’ tour in 2008… Hmm…