The Bombay Royale

The Bombay Royale

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The Bombay Royale is an ensemble based in Melbourne Australia playing music based on the slammin' surf, disco and funk of 1960's and 1970's Bollywood. The magic and mayhem of vintage Bollywood collides in spectacular fashion with a dizzying blend of Tarantino-esque surf, wild disco, flamboyant theatrics, swirls of kaleidoscopic colour, outrageous costumes and utterly irresistible dance moves that sweep entire crowds off their feet.

Biography

THE BOMBAY ROYALE

The magic and mayhem of vintage Bollywood collides in spectacular fashion with a dizzying blend of Tarantino-esque surf, wild disco, flamboyant theatrics, swirls of kaleidoscopic colour, outrageous costumes and utterly irresistible dance moves that sweep entire crowds off their feet.

This, ladies and gentlemen, is what happens when The Bombay Royale — one of the most utterly unique bands to emerge from the cultural melting pot of the Melbourne music community – hits the stage.

Originally conceived as a vehicle to bring the marvellous but hitherto obscure songs from Bollywood’s golden era of the 1960s and ’70s to a new audience of Melbourne club-goers and festival audiences, The Bombay Royale morphed into something new when the band members started writing original music – inspired by the spirit of old Bollywood and classical Indian traditions, but creating something entirely fresh.

Theirs is a rare new sound that instantly bewitches your senses; a music that does not yet have a genre or a precedent. Exotic, teasing, cinematic and utterly exhilarating, The Bombay Royale’s madcap mash-up of intoxicating rhythms, seductive lyrics (in Hindi, Bengali and English) and fantastic – bordering on surreal – performances are always a wonder to behold.

The Bombay Royale’s debut album You Me Bullets Love features eight originals and two fascinating re-workings of long-forgotten Bollywood production numbers. It will be released on Hope Street Recordings via Fuse Music on April 6 (CD) / May 6 (digital/vinyl).

"The soundtrack to a fantastical Bollywood romp. Over the past few years this mysterious, masked nine-piece (plus singers) have been honing their sense of the dramatic, of the exotic and the majestically kitsch around town. We're talking surf guitar melding into jazz, exotica and rockabilly, with searing synth injections and of course the more traditional sitar, mandolin and tabla. Live they're a party machine... With a three-piece string section, big beautiful brass, and those ultra funky basslines, if you close your eyes you're knee deep in curried funk" - INPRESS

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Previous performances include: Australasian World Music Expo (appearing alongside Nigerian funk legend Femi Kuti), Wave Rock, Sakifo Musik Festival (Reunion Island), WOMADelaide, WOMAD NZ, Falls Festival and Port Fairy Folk Festival.

The band has also appeared on ABC television’s “Spicks and Specks” and has received significant airplay on ABC Radio National, Triple J and local stations such as 3PBS and 3RRR.
Awarded album of the week by both 3PBS and 3RRR.

A Quality Motion Picture Starring:

Parvyn Singh (vocals) as The Mysterious Lady.
Shourov Bhattacharya (vocals) as The Tiger.
Andy Williamson (saxes, flute) as The Skipper.
Declan Jones (trumpet) as A Second Blind Assassin.
Ed Fairlie (trumpet) as Chip Chase the Tennis Instructor.
Ros Jones (trombone) as The Kung Fu Dentist.
Matt Vehl (keys) as The Cowboy and The Bandit Priest (double role).
Tom Martin (guitar) as The Railways Mogol.
Bob Knob (bass) as An Excited Pedestrian.
Julian Goyma (drums) as The Leaping Shaman.
Josh Bennett (tabla, sitar, dilrooba) as the Jewel Thief.

Discography

RELEASES:

2012 "You Me Bullets Love" Album on CD/LP/Digital -HopeStreet Recordings

2011 "Sote Sote Adhi Raat" 7" Vinyl/Digital - HopeStreet Recordings

2010 "The Bombay Royale" - Self titled EP/CD Independent

LABEL:

HopeStreet Recordings

DISTRIBUTION:

Australia/New Zealand- Fuse
UK/Europe- Kudos
US- Fatbeats Distribution

PUBLICITY:

Australia/New Zealand- Sophie Best/Mistletone
UK Publicist- Kudos
US Publicity- Press Junkie PR
US Radio Servicing- Sanford Co/Distiller