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British India’s End Of The World Soundtrack

“Imagine waking and knowing that at the end of the night the world would end. What would that day sound like? This playlist is how I imagine my day playing out, going through a several stages of Pre-Apocalyptic anxiety. From waking through to watching the sky crack open, maybe this playlist will help us get through the day,” – Will Drummond, bassist of British India

Forgetting The Future – album #6 for the Melbourne legends is out Friday, 22 September and we couldn’t be more vibed on losing time with this new record. You can suss the full playlist here but we recommend the journey below.

Nick Drake – ‘Pink Moon’

Saw it written and I saw it say

Pink moon is on its way

And none of you stand so tall

Pink moon gonna get ye all

Taken from what many have described as Nick Drake’s suicide note, Pink Moon is a lesson in subtlety. Only three instruments, Nick, his guitar and a haunting piano solo. I picture waking to look at an ominous pink moon hanging in the morning sky.

Faces – ‘Ooh La La’

I wish that I knew what I know now

When I was younger

It says it all, what would you regret? What would you change? Featuring Ronnie Wood on vocals, it is such a playful and nostalgic song. Instantly melancholic yet instantly upbeat. Fittingly this is the last song on the final Faces studio album.

Link Wray – ‘Rumble’

Even though it’s the last day we have alive, I picture this is the time I would be getting ready to go out. Still going through my morning ablutions (as if it matters) through habit. Responsible drinking is out the window….

Matthew E. White – ‘Brazos’

We’re gonna need the Lord’s help tonight

My body is a-bending low

Underneath life’s crushing blow

Golden hours come swiftly on the wing

Stand beside me, baby, won’t you hear the angels sing?

How many people would look for a higher being before the impending doom? 

I love the outro to this song. I picture vividly the first time I heard this song. Declan and I were driving from Yepoon to Rockhampton. Every song we listened to was over seven minutes long. I can picture the classic old Queensland pub we stopped at and the oppressive heat.

Green Day – ‘Welcome To Paradise’

The front door opens and I leave the house for the first time that day? What do I expect, people still at cafes? Walking their dogs in activewear? Or is it pandemonium? 

The Smiths – ‘There Is A Light And It Never Goes Out’

Take me out tonight

Where there’s music and there’s people

And they’re young and alive

If it’s the end of the world, I’d have to be with my friends, we’d have to have a party. There is no need to wallow in self-pity. When I was a teenager living at home I had this song in my head one day and I sang the lyric “And if a double-decker bus crashes into us/To die by your side is such a heavenly way to die” over and over. Eventually my sister snapped and screamed “stop singing that song it’s so morbid!!!” But I didn’t, and I still don’t find anything morbid in it, what a beautiful sentiment. For mine there isn’t a misplaced lyric in this song.

The Streets – ‘Weak Become Heroes’

The night slowly fades and goes slow motion

All the commotion becomes floating emotions

Same piano loops over, arms wave, eyes roll back

And jaws fall open, see in soft focus

There would be such flurry of emotions that would be felt on a night where you knew it would be the end. Weak Become Heroes is such a brilliant narrative of a drug induced night out, and morning after. Mike Skinner is at his brilliant best here, such a slick beat with funny and poignant lyrics. I find it so easy to picture myself in the night he describes here. 

New Order – ‘Age Of Consent’

I’ve lost you

I’ve lost you

I’ve lost you

I’ve lost you

At some point i’ll lose it and regret every mistake that i’ve ever made. It’ll will probably be when we all get to the party and I see her with her arms around with another man and the DJ is pumping this through the PA. 

 

Time Zone – ‘World Destruction’

Who wants to be a president or king? Me!

Mother Nature is gonna work against you

Nothing in your power that you can do

Yes, the world is headed for destruction

This song was released in 1984.…..*sighs heavily*

Johnny Rotten was such a perfect choice for vocalist on this song who says it only took four and a half hours to record. That would have been a riot of a recording session. 

Young Fathers (feat. Leith Congregational Choir) – ‘Only God Knows’

Only God knows (anything I do)

The nihilistic moment where you ask yourself does it really matter what I do? Young Fathers write some of the best melodies i’ve heard in recent years. Their song structure is also great, so many twists and turns, you never actually know where the song will go yet everything is exactly where it needs to be. They took the song writing handbook and burnt it. 

LCD Soundsystem – ‘All My Friends’

If I could see all my friends tonight

If I could see all my friends tonight

If a meteorite is hurtling towards the earth bringing our impending doom, I’m having a party, and everyones coming!

 

The Flaming Lips – ‘Do You Realize??’

And instead of saying all of your goodbyes, let them know

You realize that life goes fast

It’s hard to make the good things last

How did they write the the saddest and happiest song at the same time? There should be a law passed that makes The Flaming Lips play the last gig ever and finish with this song and whilst its televised around the world.

 

Sigur Ros – ‘Untitled (Popplagið)’

We made it….kind of. The end is here. It’s been a wild ride, but at least we got to experience it together. 

Every song on Sigur Ros’s untitled album sounds like the apocalypse. Untitled (Popplagið) is the final track of the album and features such brutal drumming. From conception to completion, I can only imagine how good it would have been listening back to this in the control room once it had been mixed. This is what I imagine it would sound like as the sky tears open. 

You can pre-order Forgetting The Future now and catch British India on their extensive Australian tour kicking-off Friday, 22 September – the day of release!