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¡Hola, hermanos y hermanas! We are San Lazaro. A tribe of long-lost Latinos, wandering the desert continent of Australia in search of ourselves and our music. With backgrounds from Chile to Cuba to Catalonia, destiny drew us together at the Southern end of the world to sing the songs we needed to sing and tell the stories we needed to tell.

We’ve been playing and writing Latin music in Melbourne for 15 years now and over the past year, we’ve recording our new album La Despedida. We think we’ve put together a special collection of songwriting that is honest, unapologetic and personal. La Despedida is all about the heartache and love lost, but it’s not just breakup songs. There are protest songs, songs of midnight ennui and songs that promise musical salvation. For the English speakers, we’re looking into ways to subtitle it all, but until we work that out – we invite you to put it on and at least have a dance.

For La Despedida’s amazing album cover, we collaborated with NY-based artist Diego Patiño. Diego has created a unique landscape of psychedelic dystopia inspired by the themes and imagery in our music. When we saw what he’d come up with, we were completely blown away! To properly realise these songs and to make the most of Diego’s amazing artwork, we’re going to present it as a Deluxe Gatefold LP, which we totally cannot afford and that is why we are calling on you to help us out!

In order to manufacture the record in all its fold-out glory, we are asking for your support and contribution. We have a range of audible treats and rewards for any contributions you give, so if you enjoy the sound of the two singles above, please help us out. Check out the rewards listed here. You can give us a donation or you can pre-buy a copy of the record or the cd – we’ll mail it out to you as soon as we can. You can get tickets to our launch in Melbourne too, and if you really love us – you can take the whole band home for a house for an intimate house concert. If we get more money we’ll make a video for our new single La Ola too! All contributions welcome and appreciated. Thanks everyone!!!

Slow-jam/R&B group The Do Yo Thangs sign with HopeStreet Recordings

Australia’s premiere funk/soul record label HopeStreet Recordings is proud to announce The Do Yo Thangs as the newest addition to their roster. The neo soul/R&B group join the likes of Emma Donovan, The Cactus Channel & The Bombay Royale.


The Do Yo Thangs is the brainchild of drummer and singer Hugh Rabinovici, who has also signed a publishing deal through HopeStreet, taking advantage of their recent partnership with Native Tongue. In his own words, Rabinovici’s songwriting “projects the mundane goings on of my inner world in an inordinately funky manner, and captures the inherent beauty that lies within the everyday.” Real music, real musicians, feelings.

The band’s down-tempo hip-hop and R&B-inspired tunes take influences from local artists such as Hiatus Kaiyote, The Harpoons, and an extensive love for Stevie Wonder’s back catalogue. A boastful melodic and progressive outfit, the band incorporates lush vocalising, harmonic complexities and electronic feels.

The Do Yo Thangs will release their debut EP through HopeStreet Recordings in the coming months.

New San Lazaro single premiered on Wax Poetics!

SL Founders Serious

Announcing: our first album for 2016, San Lazaro‘s “La Despedida” available July 22!! Wax Poetics are premiering the title track and accompanying video by Blank Tape Music. AND it’s a free download 🎧 🎧🎧


Better Call Saul best of season 2 playlist!

A few weeks ago AMC’s Better Call Saul featured The Bombay Royale’s track ‘Henna Henna‘ from their sophomore album ‘The Island Of Dr Electrico’. To celebrate we’ve created a playlist of the best tracks from season 2: 

The Meltdown on Rosewood!

Rosewood Meltdown

It’s the second tune of ours to feature on a big TV show this week! This time The Meltdown’s track ‘Better Days’ will be featuring in Fox’s Rosewood, episode 14 season 1 to be exact.

Once again this is a mainly American affair, so apologies to all the other people around the world. BUT if you are an American local, tune in to Fox this Wednesday night at 8pm. For you non-Americans (like us), unfortunately I can’t find any ‘legal’ ways to watch… get creative.

If you just want to listen to the tune, please do so below:

The Meltdown are getting into the studio very soon to record some more crooning R&B tunes, so if you like what you hear please keep your eyes and ears peeled. If you want something tangible, their debut 7-Inch single featuring ‘Better Days’ and ‘Sweet Water‘ is available below:

The Bombay Royale on Better Call Saul!

Better Call Bombay

Your favourite fictional dodgy lawyer Saul Goodman (originally Breaking Bad) is back with a new episode of AMC’s Better Call Saul, and The Bombay Royale’s track Henna Henna will be featuring in it! If you’re in the United States, make sure you tune in to episode 6 on March 21st @ 10pm. If you’re not from the States (like us), I guess you’ll just have to try Stan? Let the best streaming sites win…

For those who don’t know the track, have a listen (and watch) below:

If you like what you hear, The Bombay Royale are in the middle of writing new material, but until that drops we’ve still got their two old albums (You Me Bullets Love, The Island Of Dr Electrico) available for stream, sale and your enjoyment. ‘Henna Henna’ comes from the sophomore album The Island Of Dr Electro.


The Meltdown meets Emma Donovan & The PutBacks | Residency


Every Sunday in April Emma Donovan & The Putbacks AND The Meltdown will be playing back to back for a night of soul music at the Gasometer Hotel (Melbourne).

Emma has been busy playing the Australian festival circuit over the past few months, so this is a great opportunity to see her close and personal.


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People of Melbourne!

This Sunday we’re back for the 2016 Sydney Road Street Party! We’ll be hanging out, playing records and selling records throughout the whole day, so come by and say hello.


We’ll have music available on Vinyl and CD from The Cactus Channel,Emma Donovan, The Putbacks, Quarter Street, Frida, The Public Opinion Six, The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra, 1/6, The Bombay Royale, San Lazaro and more!!

We’ll also be selling the last copies of these records. First in best dressed. RSVP on Facebook.

Behind the Come Together Festival

There’s an ugly topic that is always lurking in our midst, one that until recently was considered one of the great taboos. That topic is suicide.

Almost 3 years ago I lost a close friend and as anyone who has been bereaved knows, it’s not something that goes away. Sometimes people try to find something positive they can do or to create a legacy, which is exactly how the Come Together Festival has come about. Founded by Damien Mannix last year, the festival engages in community building around music and art while supporting Beyond Blue.


Recently, after speaking with Damien about our personal stories we both recently went on the Conversation Hour with Jon Faine along with Dr Jo Robinson and Louise Flynn, who work in suicide prevention and support services. It was one of the most challenging things I’ve done in a long while, but I believe in opening up the conversation rather than contributing further to the stigma.

I am certain that many other people would also have lost someone to suicide, or know a suicide survivor – it’s all too common it seems. But given the stigma that still exists around suicide (and associated issues like depression) there are probably many more cases of people in our community that have attempted suicide that we generally don’t know of.

There are no easy answers to the problem but I think by both bringing it into the open we can at least have a dialogue. I also think that building and maintaining relationships has never been more important. Everyone can help prevent people feeling isolated by reaching out to those around them, because what’s the worst that’s going to happen if you let someone know you care or that they can talk to you if they need?

I’m proud to be performing at Come Together again, since it lives up to its namesake and encourages people to reach out to those around them. Plus it’s run by some really great people who are giving generously to create something worthwhile. This year features a solid line-up including HopeStreet artists The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra and The Meltdown.

I’m looking forward to seeing some familiar faces and meeting some new ones. A less isolated world can only be a good thing.

The number for lifeline is 13 11 14.

Come Together takes place on Saturday March 5th at Edendale Farm in Eltham. Tickets available here

Zillanova: From studio to stage

HopeStreet fans, listen up! Studio-based project Zillanova is back in business after a long hiatus.

Zillanova is a studio project led by label-founder and bassist Bob Knob, who has been cooped up in his studio over the past year writing tunes with Joshua Tavares. This summer they’ve put down a few of them in the studio for an EP release later this year.

Bob Knob and Joshua Tavares

Bob Knob and Joshua Tavares


Zillanova’s first recorded offering was released in 2013 – a split 7″ record featuring Cisco Tavares (Joshua’s brother) on Suicide and Jess Harlen on The Time It Takes . Chelsea Wilson, a fantastic soul singer herself and until this year Music Director at PBS FM says:

“Suicide is a world class 45! The production is melt in your mouth, the guitar sound is perfection and the tracks are earmworm delicious”

Decide for yourself!


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Now that there’s a stack of new material in the works, the band has emerged from the recording studio and making their on stage debut. They’ve been holding down a Sunday night residency at The Retreat (280 Sydney rd, Brunswick) with the last show this Sunday.

The band is Joshua Tavares (Gospel Sundays), Bob Knob (San Lazaro, ex-Bombay Royale), Tom Martin (The PutBacks, The Bombay Royale), Matty Vehl (The Bombay Royale) & Jules Goyma (The Bombay Royale, Blue King Brown, The Public Opinion). Expect pure fire.

Zillanova At The Retreat