British India guitarist/ lead singer Declan Melia is a man of his word. In an interview last month he promised two things: they would never bring a keyboard on tour, and they would give the same rock-solid live show fans have come to expect from the band.
The lads delivered the goods on both fronts when they took the stage on Saturday night; there certainly wasn’t a keyboard to be seen anywhere and more importantly it was an hour and a half of loud, sweaty rocking out. After rousing support sets from trios Horror My Friend and Love Junkies, British India opened their act with crowd-pleaser, ‘March Into The Ocean’ which had the audience jumping and singing along right from the start. Their set list was dominated by songs from their new album, ‘Controller’, but they managed to fit in some old favourites as well, such as ‘Run The Red Light’ from their first album and ‘Tied Up My Hands’. As if that weren’t enough, they also belted out a fantastic noise-rock cover of Flock Of Seagulls’ classic ‘I Ran’, which had one patron declaring, “I didn’t think this song could get any cooler!” Declan has an enigmatic stage presence,while all four British India lads command complete control of their respective instruments and can work the crowd both individually and as a group. They rounded out the evening with their staple live track, ‘This Ain’t No Fucking Disco’, demanding everyone sing along, and were chanted back to the stage for a one-song encore.
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