British India @ The Triffid, Friday 11th December 2015


Review – Georgia Corpe
Images – Bobby Rein

For an esteemed Australian band with a longevity most aspire to, you know that when British India endeavour on a national tour it is going to be huge. It is Brisbane’s turn tonight and in the midst of their Spring Tour, which started in September, The Triffid’s punters are lucky enough to see what we assume is a very well practiced set from the British India boys. Tonight’s line up made even more of a treat, with highly anticipated Perth youngsters Tired Lion warming up the stage.


Tired Lion have been creating a huge amount of hype for themselves since they took out Triple J’s Splendour in Grass unearthed competition this year, soon after releasing some popular singles, and even winning this years Triple J Unearthed Artist of the year. The Perthians live show most definitely supports said hype, with front woman Sophie Hopes charming a packed out stage room at The Triffid with her immaculate voice and emo/grunge inspired lyrics. Playing tracks such as I Don’t Think You Like Me, Suck and Figurine, Tired Lion gears up an already raucous crowd of British India fans. They even squeeze in their mash-up cover of Violent Soho’s Saramona Says and The Smashing Pumpkins’ 1979, a seemingly appropriate song choice to match the band’s aura.

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.


Bobby Rein

Bobby is one of Bear Family's earliest family members. He has a sweet beard and likes to take photos, sing songs and brew the occasional beer. If you see him at a show, give him a cuddle.

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