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British India is an alternative rock band from Melbourne, Australia. The band is comprised of Declan Melia (vocals, guitar), Nic Wilson (guitar), Will Drummond (bass) and Matt O’Gorman (drums).
The band is notable for their single “Tie Up My Hands”, taking the number one spot in the jtv music television programme, with their debut album Guillotine produced by Harry Vanda. Guillotine was also nominated for Triple J’s J Award in 2007 and in December of that year British India won the AIR Award for ‘Best New Independent Artist’. In April and May of 2008 the band entered Flashpoint studios once again to record their new album “Theives” officially released on the 19th of July, althought copies were available at gigs a week earlier than this. The first single from the album is titled “I Said I’m Sorry” and is on their MySpace.
British India formed when Melbourne high school friends Declan Melia and Nic Wilson met Will Drummond and Matt O’Gorman through mutual friends, and asked them to join the band. Social misfits in school, the quartet began to jam together, playing work by their favourite bands; Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, The Beatles, Blur, and Starsailor. The band’s name was originally noticed by Wilson on a b-side by Strawberry Alarm Clock.|In 2005, after playing regularly across Australia for a year, the band signed with In-Fidelity Recordings and began work on their debut EP, with producer Lindsay Gravina. In June 2005 they released a single, “Outside 109 / Automatic Blitzkrieg”. The song’s inspiration came from a quip made by Mick Jagger in an interview in 1964. Melia told Australian Music Online the song’s lyrics referred to the band’s gigging in Melbourne, and “being just outside of international recognition”.|On 21 November 2005 the band released their EP, Counter Culture, on Shock Records. Following recording at Sydney’s Flashpoint Studios with studio owner Harry Vanda.[6] Drummond said that in recording the EP, the band “crammed all [their] youthful exuberance” onto it.
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