Todays music-blog-eat-blog world continually demands fresh blood, style too often winning over substance in the scramble to unearth the source of tomorrows website clicks. In these conditions its rare to find not only a decade-old act with something still to say, but one saying it to an ever-growing audience. So it seems fitting that five albums in, British India –the Melbourne four-piece who have built a devoted fan base on such unglamorous concepts as quality songwriting and a rock-solid tour ethic –are releasing the best album of their 10-year career.
Nothing Touches Me, the follow-up to 2013s ultimately triumphant but initially troubled Controller, bristles with all the energy and urgency of the bands famed early singles while further exploring the expanded ambitions of its predecessor. A true studio album –as opposed to a collection of songs played live in a studio –it is set to elevate British India into the gang of great Australian rock’n’roll groups.
We were on a real confident streak and the writing process began like a kind of a victory lap,says singer/guitarist Declan Melia of Nothing Touches Mes origins. It had a real sense of purpose. That’s reflected in the strength of the albums 12 tracks: Spider Chords, Nothing Touches Mes tightly wound opener, hints at the eclecticism to follow; singles Wrong Direction and Suddenly both pack a hefty emotional punch as well as hooks to burn; the driving, slow-burning Come Home is a live favourite (and future single) in waiting; This is How it Feels is a classic British India fist-pumper; while Angela features one of the most uplifting choruses the band has ever written.