The Bombay Royale, music for daring Bollywood-style adventures
January 18, 2015 2:13 PM Subscribe
Snakes! Bullets! Super secret agents! Bandits! Monkeys and tigers! Espionage and romance! Are you excited yet? Are you on the edge of your seat? Does this sound like a movie to you? Ah, these are the recurring themes in some of classic Bollywood’s greatest cinematic extravaganzas, where acting and plot took a backseat to some of the craziest, over-the-top song and dance scenes ever committed to celluloid. Enter The Bombay Royale, a local 11-piece musical powerhouse who have taken the themes and soundtracks from these films and have infused them with all the colour, production and energy one would expect from a four-plus hour Bollywood movie. The Bombay Royale had first set down to do strictly covers from the gilded ‘60s era of Bollywood, but soon evolved into writing their own material.Sit down with Parvyn Kaur Singh AKA "The Mysterious Lady," one of the singers of the band, for an introduction to the cast of characters behind the albums You Me Bullets Love (Soundcloud; track-by-track description with musical director and saxophonist Andy Williamson, AKA "The Skipper") and The Island of Dr. Electrico (Soundcloud; a review of the Bollywood inspired surf / disco / funk album).
If that's not enough, you can also listen to Phone Baje Na Remix 12", Inside the Brain of Dr. Electrico (a mixtape put together for Mess + Noise by trumpeter Declan Jones AKA "Dr. Electrico"), and the debut single, Sote Sote b/w Solla Solla, all on Soundcloud, courtesy of their label, HopeStreet Recordings and their lovely collection of sounds on Soundcloud.
If you're looking for videos, they have a few: Henna Henna (from the 2nd album), You Me Bullets Love (title track from the 1st album), The Bombay Royale in "La Reunion Kidnap" (a teaser for their debut single), and a video compilation of live performances, behind the scenes moments, and some old Bollywood clips. For more live performances, check out almost an 30 minute set from ABC RN earlier in 2014, and almost 40 minutes from IEC Awards 2012.
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