A chance meeting between old friends – drummer Matt O’Gorman and guitarist Jack Tosi – turned out to be fortuitous. Matt was on the hunt for a guitarist, and Jack was looking to play once again, it seemed a perfect opportunity. A jam session was arranged, and by the session’s end, Jack was in the band. He was the one and only guitarist British India had auditioned…it was meant to be, as vocalist and guitarist Declan Melia explains, “We’ve known Jack since high school, in fact, his band beat British India in battle of the bands back in the early days! So, I don’t think it was a surprise that Matt asked him. It’s no exaggeration to say that Nic was the only guitarist we had ever played with, so that’s why we were surprised when it all gelled so easily with Jack. We were halfway through the second song when I turned to Matt and smiled like, ‘this is going to work’, that kid can play a guitar man! I’m so excited for these shows, it’s going to be a really strange and vibrant feeling. It’s going to be amazing actually. Where will it lead? Who knows, but you know us, we love this music and this band too much to stop.”
Over the course of their impressive career, British India have earned four Top 10 ARIA albums, eight entries into the Hottest 100 and their classic single I Can Make You Love Meis accredited Gold in Australia. Their latest album, Forgetting The Future, was met with widespread praise for its innovative direction and palpable energy, with singles My Love and Precious both being added to high rotation on both Triple M and triple j radio.
On the upcoming tour, British India will be armed with tracks from their entire discography, particularly boasting those from their bulging back catalogue of Australian live favourites – think Hottest 100 dominating tracks like Vanilla, I Can Make You Love Me and Suddenly; Australia’s most loved indie rockers are back on the road! New guitarist Jack Tosi is thrilled to be heading out on the tour, as he enthuses, “‘I’ve know the guys since they started and it’s been great watching their success over the years. I’m looking forward to getting on the road, playing these great songs and being part of the next chapter.”
Be sure to catch the legendary Melbourne rockers doing what they do best on a stage near you this October and November.
British India is Declan Melia (vocals and guitar), Jack Tosi (lead guitar), Will Drummond (bass) and Matt O’Gorman (drums).
Tickets to the national tour are on sale now.
BRITISH INDIA 2019 NATIONAL TOUR
Fri 18 Oct Beer Deluxe Albury
Sat 19 Oct Stonefest Canberra, ACT TICKETS
Fri 25 Oct Lion Arts Factory
Sat 26 Oct B.I.G. Festival
Sat 2 Nov Scene & Heard Festival Brisbane, QLD TICK
Fri 8 Nov Crowbar Sydney Sydney, NSW TI
Sat 9 Nov Narrabeen RSL Narrabeen, NSW TICKETS
Sat 16 Nov Soundlounge
Thu 21 Nov Sooki Lounge Belgrave, VIC TI
Fri 22 Nov Espy Gershwin Room St Kilda, VIC
Sat 23 Nov Altar Bar
Sun 24 Nov Bridge Hotel Forth, TAS