BRITISH India have embarked on their biggest national tour, playing 32 dates across three months.
But the Melbourne indie rockers – best friends since high school – aren’t concerned about living out of suitcases or getting on each other’s nerves.
They’re excited about getting the job done.
“We’re eager to do it,” lead vocalist and guitarist Declan Melia said.
“When you tour the songs live, they kind of come back to life again and become a two-way conversation between us and our audience so it feels like the job is not complete until we’ve done the tour.
“We’ll read some reviews and get some feedback on social media but until the tour finishes, I won’t know if our new record is a success or not – it’s the final part of the process and the most rewarding part of the process.”
The national tour celebrates the group’s sixth album, Forgetting the Future, which taps into darker emotions unseen on previous albums.
Still sharing each other’s highs and lows and cracking jokes of old high school teachers, the guys remain close-knit and well grounded.
“I always say we’re the luckiest band in the world for the simple reason that we know we’re lucky,” Melia said.
“We enjoy the process so much because we understand how easily it could all be taken away.
“We understand how many people have tried to do what we do and failed.”
Melia said the band – taking its name from a Singaporean clothing store – was in a “glorious position”.
“We’re not so enormously popular and famous that we have people breathing down our necks to have another number one single and not so small that it becomes depressing because people aren’t coming to our shows or we’re not selling records,” he said.
“I don’t want to sound arrogant or self effacing, but we’re kind of in this sweet spot that has allowed us to carry on for 10 years.
“We always think, ‘we’ve been doing this for so long, surely this will be our last successful record, but it’s always fine, and I certainly hope – and it certainly looks like – success is going to happen again.”
What: British India
When and where: October 26, Arcade Nightclub, Joondalup, October 27-28, Badlands, Perth, October 29, Newport Hotel, Fremantle, November 3, Rollercoaster, Mandurah