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British India
The British India juggernaut pulls up in the UK when the band release their debut UK EP Vanilla in late Oct.

British India can also be seen on the following dates :
Oct 29 – Johns House, Coventry
Nov 3 – Mothers Ruin, Bristol
Nov 5 – Borderline, London
Nov 6 – Hare & Hounds, London
Nov 10 – The Well, Leeds
Nov 11 – Night & Day, Manchester
Nov 12 – Stereo, Glasgow
Nov 13 – Sneaky Petes, Edninurgh

Taken from the current album ‘Avalanche’, Vanilla was made available in Australia as a free download and received over 30,000 takers and the album from Melbourne’s indie has cemented their position as Australia's hottest young independent band, giving the boys their 2nd Top10 Aria album in 18 months.

The four school friends emerged from the fertile underbelly of Melbourne’s independent music scene to take Australia by storm in July 2007 with their acclaimed debut album Guillotine. As the songs ‘Black & White Radio’, ‘Tie Up My Hands’ and ‘Run The Red Light’ became arm-raising, air-punching anthems at venues and festivals across the country, British India developed a hard-earned reputation for their explosive live shows. They took out the 2007 AIR Award for Best New Independent Artist.

Exactly one year later in July 2008 the boys released their second album Thieves. Thieves demonstrated the band’s growth, both as songwriters and musicians as heard in the brooding, foot-stomping singles ‘I Said I’m Sorry,’ ‘This Dance Is Loaded,’ ‘You Will Die And I Will Take Over’ and ‘God Is Dead (meet the kids)’, and earned the boys their first 2008 ARIA Award nomination.

Their latest album ‘Avalanche’ released in May 2010 received rave reviews nationally and again debuted in the ARIA Top 10.  Jam-packed with brilliant pop melodies, high-octane rock & roll, and the lyrical genius of singer Declan Melia; Avalanche takes the garage pop which has characterized British India’s initial success to new heights and features two of their most popular songs to date ‘Vanilla’ and the title track’Avalanche’

They’ve smashed their way through hundreds of headline shows and appeared at all the major Australian festivals including Big Day Out, Falls, Pyramid Rock, Homebake, Groovin The Moo and Splendor In The Grass, to name a few... British India’s live show is a force to be reckoned with.

The boys have earned their place as the indie darlings of Australia’s underground music scene in more ways than one. Having resisted the temptation of signing with the major record labels the band remains unsigned and more independent than ever before. As vocalist Declan Melia recently joked in Rolling Stone “The only way we could be more independent is if we carried the records into the stores ourselves".

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