Slammin’ surf, disco and funk tunes from 1960′s and 1970′s Bollywood

The Bombay Royale is a Melbourne band dedicated to honouring and reviving the funky, bizarre and mysterious music of vintage Indian cinema. Dusting off near-unheard relics, smashing out Bollywood classics and putting down surfadelic Hindi originals is all in a day’s work. This band brings the sound of the Golden Age of Bollywood back to the future, where it belongs.

The cinema of 1960’s and 1970’s India was a riot of saturated color and dramatic excess. Far from the polish and shine of modern Bollywood, an ingenious industry was forging a new nation’s identity, cannibalizing every aspect of world cinema a
nd remaking it. An all singing, all dancing, all funky subcontinental style never before imagined. The soundtracks followed suit. Every possible influence from surf rock to disco was absorbed and recombined with a uniquely Indian sensibility.

The heroes of this music rank among the great musicians of the 20th century. R.D Burman, Asha Bhosle and Mohammed Rafi are still household names in India, but largely unknown in the outside world. The Bombay Royale is here to rectify that situation and build on that rich heritage through its own compositions.

Starring vocalists “The Mysterious Lady” [Parvyn Kaur Singh] and “The Tiger” [Shourov Bhattacharya] and led by musical director “The Skipper” [Andy Williamson], The Bombay Royale is an uncanny crew of masked marauders. Session pirates hauled from various crews unite to assault the senses with pulsing tablas, hot brass, shimmering spaghetti guitar and sitar, screaming organs and driving bass and drums. Not to mention analog synthesizers, spring reverb, tape echo and occasionally elephants, monkeys and tigers.

The band has met with considerable acclaim since its first gig in April 2010 with performances at many festivals all around Australia and a featured performance at the Australasian World Music Expo (appearing alongside Nigerian funk legend Femi Kuti). As a result of this last gig they toured the Sakifo Music Festival in the Reunion Islands (Africa) in June 2011 where they played to packed houses. They are now confirmed to play at WOMADelaide and WOMAD NZ in March 2012.

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.

Exciting times await in the New Year as the band puts its finishing touches on their debut album ‘You Me Bullets  Love’, which will be released on double 12 inch records in gateway fold cover, as well as on CD and digitally. Album will be in stores from the 6th of April. Here’s a quick preview of two of the tracks…

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You Me Bullets Love

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