“India Mill can stand tall amongst their peers as being
a band who have something to say.”
India Mill have released their outstanding debut album, Under Every Sky, via Bold Venture Music/AWAL. They’ve already picked up support from the likes of Frank Skinner on Absolute Radio, Tom Robinson on BBC 6 Music, and Artrocker Magazine
Collecting a range of influences as diverse as Oasis and Pixies, India Mill have created something that not only holds true to their political ideals, but showcases the band’s ability to take complex, typically downbeat subject matters and create easy to digest foot-stomping tracks.
Under Every Sky fuses both the everyday politics of modern day family life with the turmoil of witnessing Britain’s Big Society coming apart at the seams. Darwen’s neighbouring Blackburn population has a life expectancy seven years below the UK average, many of the town’s children are in care, and radical extremist politics is used to divide previously tight knit working class communities. This is India Mill’s homeland, our homeland, this is Britain in crisis, this is The Big Society broken in two…
The band are from Darwen, a former mill town in Lancashire where any kind of music can find an ear, and any form of pretence will be shown its rear. On Caribesque, the first single from the album, Artrocker commented, “They’re not afraid to mix a little bit of politics into their songs and they sound all the better for it”. while Tom Robinson claimed the track, “Sounded effin’ terrific coming through the radio speakers,” on its second BBC 6 Music spin in just six days.
Al Smith (bass & vocals), Simon Nicholson (guitar), Chris Coates (guitar) and Dean Ingham (drums) take music seriously, taking their name from the biggest landmark and biggest mill in their town where the old economy has long since faded but the scars of industrial revolution still linger. Four friends who have known each other longer than they haven’t, India Mill are a band living the old-school dream, childhood friends making their way from nowhere to somewhere, passing comment en route, chronicling Britain’s Big Society as it unravels at the seams. Their penchant for genre bending has ensured the band remains impossible to pigeonhole, and their mission to create a new take on alternative rock is fast becoming their own personal badge of honour.
Under Every Sky is out now via Bold Venture Music/AWAL and available to buy digitally via iTunes.