British India

British India: Metro Theatre, Fri Nov 1 [Gig Review]

Words by Justine McNamara.

“All of you: don’t tell anyone, especially any journalists we did two covers,” said Declan Melia of British India. Sorry Declan, but I really have no choice!

In a set that featured songs from their whole catalogue, there was nothing wrong with British India playing two covers. Especially when those covers were ‘Dammit’ by Blink 182 and ‘Flagpole Sitta’ by Harvey Danger. I was so excited for my 14 year old self, that I almost lost a shoe when I mistimed my landing from jumping up and down.

Covers aside, once they got into the set and got some old hits out of the way, British India managed to please everyone. Some problems with Declan’s microphone could have put a dampener on their spirits at first but they were able to push through any ill feelings they were having – if any – and continued the set well.

‘Summer Forgive Me’, the first single from latest album Controller is Declan’s pick for number one in this year’s triple j Hottest 100. And judging from the crowd’s reaction to the song, he’s not the only one who thinks so. The front part of the crowd went crazy, with people jumping and forming circle pits throughout, all the while screaming “Summer forgive me, I’ll become the person I was meant to be,” along with the band.

It’s a shame, but the biggest stand outs from the set came at the end. ‘I Said I’m Sorry’ got a huge reception, as did ‘I Can Make You Love Me’. The band was at their most comfortable and energetic during these songs, with Declan using the stage more and moving to jam with the drummer throughout.

Perhaps the most awkward moment of the night, apart from Declan telling us “same rock place, same rock time,” next time they tour was when someone attempted to crowd surf. Without any preparation, the crowd managed to completely miss him which left him to fall on his face.

The crazily energetic ‘This Ain’t No Fucking Disco’ and ‘Black and White Radio’ combination was a great way to end the set, and it appeared for a moment they weren’t coming back for an encore. After some “boos” rang out from the crowd and some people started to shuffle out, they came back to play the aforementioned Harvey Danger cover, and then old hit ‘You Will Die and I Will Take Over’.

The number of people at The Metro was disappointing, as it was when they played there in April. The problems with the microphone also happened at their last show at The Metro in April, and it leaves me wondering why they would go back to play there again. They’re deserving of playing a place that size, but perhaps next time they could choose somewhere a little smaller to make the most of a small space, and possibly avoid the sound issues they’ve faced in the past at The Metro.

It’ll be awhile until we see British India play again – they’re about to start work on a new album – but the memories of their show last week will get us fans through until then.

Rating: ★★★★

More awesome pics from this gig can be found here thanks to Stefaniejane Creative. |

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