India Mill1India Mill aren’t shy about politics. They by no means want to be pegged as a political band, but with tracks like ‘Big Society’ and ‘Morning Song’ (the latter somewhat of a ‘Groundhog Day’-esque rumination on day to day life in a dead end existence), they’re not shy at calling out things they way they see them.

Debut album, ‘Under Every Sky’ (OUT NOW), is a collection of tracks formed in the kiln of their home town, Darwen (one of the poorest parts of the UK). There is barely any industry or investment and, sick of their day to day lives, the four piece got together to make music. And that they have.

There is something unpolished about this release that makes it work, and it has nothing to do with the production values. This is music that has been put together without cynicism, without an overarching business plan to ‘push the product’. They haven’t hitched themselves up to a scene, or adhered to a songwriting formula: each track on the album can exist as a stand alone song, independently of the others.

The band – Al Smith (Vocals & Bass), Si Nicholson (Guitar), Chris Coates (Guitar & Backing Vocals), Dean Ingham (Drums & Percussion) – have avoided holding firm to a genre, and used their first release as a springboard for experimentation, releasing singles ‘Caribesque’ and ‘Morning Song’, two songs that have such distinct sounds, they could belong to different artists.

Here’s hoping that in the wake of their chaotic, though eminently listenable debut, their emerges a voice and sound strong enough to carry the weight of their message.

By Stan Drummond ©