The Bombay Royale: globalFEST 2014 THis band crams vintage Bollywood, 1960s surf and blazing brass into a giddy new sound. The 11-piece band evokes memories of everything from the Village People to formulaic romances of the 1970s.

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The Bombay Royale 2014

The Bombay Royale: globalFEST 2014

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It's not often that a band composed of stock characters can be a successful live act, so one that boasts "The Mysterious Lady," "The Tiger" and "The Skipper" — all, of course, in costume — might make a newcomer think the shtick is more enjoyable than the music.

But The Bombay Royale, an 11-piece Australian band making its U.S. debut at globalFEST, seems happy to evoke memories of everything from the Village People to formulaic Bollywood romances of the 1970s (in which the music was anything but formulaic). The group crams vintage Indian film music, 1960s surf tunes and blazing horns into a set of sly covers and wry originals — all tailor-made for a screwball caper flick that's yet to be shot.

SET LIST:

  • "Monkey Fight Snake"
  • "You Me Bullets Love"
  • "Disco Bot"
  • "Wild Stallion Mountain"
  • "Bunty Bunty"
  • "Phone Baje Na"
  • "Bombay Twist"
  • "Henna Henna"
  • "Solla Solla"
  • "Dum Maro Dum"
  • "Bobbywood"
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