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The Bombay Royale
- You Me Bullets Love

Increasingly there’s something of a faux world music scene happening in Melbourne, though few do it with as much exuberance and inventiveness as The Bombay Royale.

Apr 4th 2012 | Label: HopeStreet
It makes sense that a Melbourne outfit in thrall of Bollywood excess, both musically and visually, would pit their debut longplayer as 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 who play up the more fun and kitsch elements of their sound, yet this recording adds extra depth where you can ignore the theatrics and hone in on the musicality, the strange genre mashes and wacky compositional decisions. 

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, thanks in the main to vocalists Parvyn Kaur Singh and Shourov Bhattacharya, who both sing in Hindi. Their interplay in particular provides much of the narrative to the music. That said, the opening track, Monkey Fight Snake, an instrumental, is an epic that initially sounds like garage rock until these descending horns blast the tune apart, opening up room for the tabla. Just when you think you have the tune worked out it moves into very strange mariachi/Morricone territory.

Increasingly there's something of a faux world music scene happening in Melbourne, though few do it with as much exuberance and inventiveness as The Bombay Royale.

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Friday 14th November

Friday Nights at Jean Paul Gaultier with
The Bombay Royale + Cumbia Cosmonauts

National Gallery of Victoria, Southbank

Thursday 20th November

The Church + Hurray For The Riff Raff + Harry James Angus Band + Saskwatch + Nahko & Medicine For The People + Husky + The Bombay Royale + Mia Dyson + Nai Palm + Bongeziwe Mabandla + Kim Churchill + Bustamento + Dubmarine + CR Avery + Darren Percival + Frank Yamma + Fourplay String Quartet + Andy Brown + Del Barber + Marlon Williams + Suzannah Espie + Mojo Juju & T Bone + more + Mullum Music Festival

Mullum Music Festival, Mullumbimby

Friday 28th November

Nahko & Medicine For The People + Hurray For The Riff Raff + Kristy Lee + Elliott Brood + Hayward Williams + The Church + Xavier Rudd + Dan Sultan + The Waifs + Tkay Maidza + Stonefield + Steve Smyth + The Shaolin Afronauts + Perfect Tripod + The Jezabels + The Delta Riggs + Husky + Hiatus Kaiyote + Hayward Williams + Dyson + Stringer & Cloher + DD Dumbo + The Bombay Royale + Blue Shaddy + Skunkhour + The Little Stevies + Luluc + Stella Angelico + Skyscraper Stan & The Commission Flats + Davidson Brothers + Archer + Jordan Rakei + Karl S Williams + Jesse Valach & Blues Mountain Trio + Tim Chaisson + Good Times Band + Emma Swift & Chris Pickering + The Sweethearts + Queenscliff Music Festival

Queenscliff Music Festival, Queenscliff

Friday 12th December

Meredith Music Festival 2014 feat.
The War On Drugs + Ty Segall + De La Soul + The Skatalites + Mark Lanegan + Tiny Ruins + Augie March + James Holden + Sleep + Mia Dyson + Jagwar Ma + Ghostface Killah + Phosphorescent + Cloud Nothings + The Lemonheads + Factory Floor + Jen Cloher + The Town Bikes + The Bombay Royale + Vakula + Silence Wedge + Painters & Dockers + Blank Realm + Sun God Replica + Misty Nights + City Of Ballarat Municipal Brass Band + The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra + The Harpoons + Teeth & Tongue + Dr Phil Smith + Marlon Williams + Krakatau + Hard-Ons + more + Meredith Music Festival

Supernatural Amphitheatre, Meredith

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