British India

Playing tough, garage-influenced rock & roll with abundant energy and charisma, Declan Melia (guitar, vocals), Nic Wilson (guitar), Matt O'Gorman (drums), and Will Drummond (bass) were all teenagers when they formed British India. The group's stage presence and powerful live shows made them darlings of the street press while they shuttled back and forth between gigs in Melbourne and Sydney.

Eventually they came to the attention of Harry Vanda, former guitarist with '60s rock icons the Easybeats. With Vanda, British India recorded an EP called Counter Culture. Released on Shock Records, it was a dry run for the album they would record next with Vanda. Unable to close a deal with a label they were satisfied with, British India's debut album, 2007's Guillotine, appeared on Vanda's Flashpoint label. It didn't disappoint, charting in the Top Five and having its single "Tie Up My Hands" make the JJJ Hottest 100 in 2007. The follow-up album, Thieves, which they had worked on while trying to find a way to release Guillotine, came out in 2008.

As the band readied their third album Avalanche, they struck a deal with Shock Records, which released the LP in 2010. Another round of heavy touring followed, and the band took a break to regroup and recharge before signing a new record deal with the noted indie label Liberation Music. In March 2013, British India released their Liberation debut, Controller, their most stylistically eclectic effort to date, which debuted at number ten on the ARIA charts. The meticulously crafted and critically acclaimed Nothing Touches Me, the band's fifth studio long-player, followed in 2015.

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