Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Today’s selection, featured on the Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole, is the title track from The Bombay Royale‘s 2012 album, You Me Bullets Love, on Hope Street Recordings.
The Bombay Royale are a Melbourne band dedicated to honoring and reviving the funky, bizarre and mysterious music of vintage Indian cinema. Dusting off near-unheard relics, smashing out Bollywood classics and putting down surfadelic Hindi originals is all part of the act for The Bombay Royale, who bring the sound of the Golden Age of Bollywood back to the future. Starring vocalists Parvyn “La Femme Mysterieuse” Singh and Shourov “The Tiger” Bhattacharya and led by musical director Andy “The Skipper” Williamson, the 11-piece group features seven other masked musicians with Bollywood-based aliases. Reinterpreting Hindi soundtracks alongside their own horn-heavy, ghee-tar-soaked, surfadelic originals, The Bombay Royale are a festival favorite, as they combine every possible influence from surf rock to disco was absorbed and recombined with a uniquely Indian sensibility. The Bombay Royale are more than anything a band that you just can’t help but have a good time listening to, especially if you’re lucky enough to catch their live show. Today’s featured song, “You Me Bullets Love,” one of many standout tracks of the new album, feels like it could fit just as easily in a Bond or Tarantino film as an Indian retro-Bollywood flick.
It’s going to take some doing to get the 11-piece band halfway around the world, but hopefully 2013 will be the year The Bombay Royale rule North America. Until then, be sure to check out the band’s website and connect with them on Facebook for more music and information. For now, here’s the video for title track from the new album: