The Bombay Royale return with a new album of vintage Bollywood-inspired surf, spy, disco and funk (‘The Island Of Dr Electrico’, out 7 July)

The Bombay Royale return with a new album of vintage Bollywood-inspired surf, spy, disco and funk (

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 7 July 2014 on HopeStreet Recordings via Kudos). 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 the iTunes ‘Best of 2012’ list, 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 UK (Glastonbury, Secret Garden Party, Cambridge Folk Festival, Larmer Tree and WOMAD), Europe and the US.

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 2,000 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’ with their single "Henna Henna", a sweeping, exhilarating romp sung in Bengali with raunchy wild-west flourishes, which they first premiered last year live on ‘The Andrew Mar Show’ on BBC One ( politics-23216470). The band have now unveiled a bold new video for "Henna Henna" ( The "high concept" (pun intended), mischievous film clip, directed by Kess Broekman-Dattner (The Bamboos, Hermitude, Clare Bowditch), 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.)

The Bombay Royale – ‘The Island Of Dr Electrico’
New album out 7 July 2014
CD (HS014CDUK)/ deluxe gatefold vinyl LP (HS014)/ digital (HS014DD) HopeStreet Recordings/ UK distribution Kudos

The Bombay Royale web links
Website: Twitter: @thebombayroyale Facebook: "Henna Henna" music video: (YouTube) ‘ (Vimeo) "Henna Henna" on SoundCloud: recordings/sets/the-bombay-royale-the-island-of-dr-electrico "Henna Henna" live on The Andrew Marr Show on BBC One (7 July 2013): politics-23216470 "You Me Bullets Love" (live at Glastonbury 2013, West Holts stage): ‘

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