Review – Georgia Corpe
Images – Bobby Rein
THE OTHER GUYS
In a local music scene where 90’s inspired grunge rock is making a popular comeback, Tired Lion are definitely leading the pack. With musical styles not too dissimilar from that of Violent Soho, it is pretty obvious this bunch are about to slay it in Australia in the next couple of years with freakishly infectious songs and a live show to boot.
Not wasting much time, British India grace the stage, wearing all black and ready to scream some chorus lines. Starting proceedings off with Guillotine’s opener Black & White Radio and building momentum with Thieves’ This Dance is Loaded, The Triffid lights up with happy youngsters throwing their PBR cans into the mosh, followed by their bodies in a quick dash of thinking they should crowd surf. The remainder of the setlist was a delightful balance of new and old, spreading their material thin over a fantastic hour and 45 minute performance.
Hardcore fans know British India as having a crazy good live show, but to the unknowing gig-gower one might anticipate it to be a bit of a fan-fest. It is safe to say that this is not the correct assumption. Frontman Declan Melia has mastered the art form of crowd capturing, giving at least 110% of energy and enthusiasm the entire time. Although such energy sees some softer songs into fist pumpers, he was truly entertaining at every juncture of the set; the Hugh Jackman of grunge indie-rock.
As expected, the fella’s returned to the stage for that unsurprising encore. Together with support act Tired Lion, British India smash out a brilliant cover ofRage Against The Machine’s Killing in The Name Of with punters squeezing out that last little bit of energy just to sing ‘fuck you I won’t do what you tell me’. Go and see British India and experience a rock show that is purely entertaining.
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