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The Bombay Royale
- You Me Bullets Love

Have you seen Indian Spiderman? No? See it. Seriously.

May 13th 2012 | Label: HopeStreet
There's one thing I don't understand - how has no one else done this before? A record of pure Indian Raja tracks, hearking back to the golden days of 1970s Bollywood? Genius. Bloody genius.

While the whole idea may be overshadowed by the arguably incessant saturation of Bollywood in modern culture (thanks, Tarantino), The Bombay Royale have nevertheless stuck to their guns in You Me Bullets Love. With the cover sleeve meeting somewhere between James Bond and Mother India, you have a pretty good idea of what you're gonna get. Monkey Fight Snake immediately puts you in the right frame of mind, with sharp synth, mellow bass and an absolutely huge horn section blending into a colourful swirl of Raja goodness. The title track breaks out the surf-rock (somehow referencing the '70s Bollywood films that themselves referenced '60s American surf films), but it's the mesmerising Hindi vocals bursting out that capture the imagination. Throughout the record, it's the combination of the extremely talented ten-piece band and the fantastic Hindi singers that make it so great. And each track represents its own theme; Sote Sote Adhi Raat purveys the spacey proto-funk of Bollywood Kung Fu films (have you seen Indian Spiderman? No? See it. Seriously), while Bobbywood is a perfect rendition of mod-rock – you can just see 50 dancers waving their arms maniacally in front of you.

Sure, if you're not a fan of Bollywood, you're obviously not going to dig this entirely. But for those of you who do, get this record, or even better, see them live (they're from Melbourne!). Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go watch Indian Spiderman again.

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Friday 19th September

Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings + Saun & Starr + The Bombay Royale

Melbourne Town Hall, Melbourne

Wednesday 24th September

Brisbane Festival presents
The Bombay Royale

Spiegeltent, South Bank

Friday 14th November

Friday Nights at Jean Paul Gaultier with
The Bombay Royale

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 + Kasey Chambers + 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 + 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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