Bombay Royale

Melbourne-based, world-conquering originators of vintage Bollywood-inspired surf, spy, disco and funk,
The Bombay Royale, make an exhilarating return with their second album, The Island of Dr Electrico (out
June 2 on HopeStreet Recordings via Rocket). From their unlikely beginnings in the suburban wilds of
Melbourne, The Bombay Royale have taken their unique sound to audiences throughout Europe, UK and
the USA, where their performances have been met with astonishment and critical acclaim.
The Bombay Royale’s debut album You Me Bullets Love (HopeStreet Recordings, 2012) catapulted the 11-
piece band (fronted by singers Parvyn Kaur Singh and Shourov Bhattacharya, and led by musical director
Andy Williamson) on to the world stage. Featuring eight dazzling originals and two fascinating re-workings
of long-forgotten Bollywood production numbers, You Me Bullets Love demonstrated the band’s evolution
from interpreters of 1960s and 1970s Bollywood soundtracks, to creators of a new and completely original
music which synthesises Indian classical and folk music with Western styles such as surf, rock and disco.
The album won universal critical acclaim, a place in iTunes Best of 2012, and #1 on the iTunes World
Music charts. The last 12 months have seen the band debut their sound to international audiences, with
tours of the US (Kennedy Centre, Global Fest), UK (Glastonbury, Secret Garden Party, Cambridge Folk
Festival and WOMAD) and Europe (Fusion Festival – Germany and Sommarscen Festival – Sweden).
The backstory of The Bombay Royale’s protagonists is as rich and enigmatic as their music. Parvyn Kaur
Singh (“The Mysterious Lady”) is the daughter of Dya Singh, a traditional shabad singer. Bollywood dance
teacher by day and a rock chick by night, Singh is a product both of Melbourne’s music scene and a lifetime
of performing traditional Indian music. The band’s male lead, Shourov “The Tiger” Bhattacharya, is a
second generation Indian-Australian musician of Bengali descent whose day job is computer genius and IT
entrepreneur. Band leader Andy “The Skipper” Williamson is saxophonist to the stars, who’s clocked up
over 2000 shows on the Australian festival circuit with bands such as Labjacd, the Public Opinion Afro
Orchestra and Diafrix as well as accumulating a record collection that’s the envy of crate-diggers and a
source of the band’s collective inspirations.
All these adventures have led The Bombay Royale to their extraordinary new musical safari, The Island of
Dr Electrico. Their triumphant second album is a varied musical landscape; at times lush and tropical, at
other times an impenetrable swamp teeming with all manner of surprises. Migrating seabirds have long
flown thousands of extra miles avoid Dr Electrico’s blighted isle, leaving him alone to experiment with dark
beats, primitive synthesizers and the raw emotion of kidnapped souls. The resulting sounds are a rich
palette of classic cinema, from lonesome spaghetti to surf-rock, from psychedelia to spine-bending space
disco, overlaid with the enticing voices of The Tiger and The Mysterious Lady.
The Bombay Royale have provided a tantalising first glimpse at The Island of Dr Electrico by unveiled a
bold new video for lead single Henna Henna. A sweeping, exhilarating romp sung in Bengali with raunchy
wild-west flourishes, Henna Henna comes with a “high concept” (pun intended) film clip, directed by Kess
Broekman-Dattner (The Bamboos, Hermitude, Clare Bowditch). The mischievous video depicts The
Mysterious Lady and her crack team’s efforts to rid the dastardly Skipper of the key to his secret lair and
rescue the Tiger, and other hijinks on a private jet somewhere above the Pacific Ocean. Henna Henna is
out now on iTunes and available as an instant download, along with a bonus track, Wild Stallion Mountain,
with album pre-orders.

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