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New Video From The Bombay Royale!

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“Really, what’s a girl to do? Wandering the cratered surface of a sci-fi desert the Mysterious Lady is set upon by a legion of swarthy suitors. Love is a high stakes game for our fighting princess and she despatches each with deadly efficiency. Going through the motions – is this all that love can ever be?  Or is it all part of a bigger game?”

Angular synthesisers, gated snare and riffing sitar. ‘I Love You Love You’ is vintage Bollywood injected with 80’s influences like Bowie, Talking Heads and Wire.  At once a lovers’ duet and more subtly a protest about the bureaucratisation and automation that impinges on every aspect of modern life, love included.  ‘I Love You Love You’ sees The Bombay Royale invade some new stylistic territory whilst retaining their trademark style and swagger.

The second taste of the new album ‘Run Kitty Run’ due out August 11, coinciding with the band’s appearance at Sziget Festival in Budapest, Hungary and Paimpol Festival in Brittany, France.

The Bombay Royale Announce New Album “Run Kitty Run”

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Cult band The Bombay Royale are set for a triumphant return with their third studio masterpiece ‘Run Kitty Run’. A Retro Bollywood fuelled rampage through Psyche-Surf, 80’s Electro-Pop and Desert Rock, ‘Run Kitty Run’ is, like its predecessors, conceived as the soundtrack to a lost film. The music conjures into life a devastated futuristic landscape peopled by robotic horsemen, killer satellites and grinning sadhus. Overlaid with vocals in Hindi, Bengali and English, the resulting soundtrack is one of love and betrayal, hopeless escapes and unlikely salvation.

The first single ‘Ballygunge’ has an angular 80’s vibe, infused with gated snares and the spirits of Talking Heads and David Bowie and it’s a love song set in a dark sci-fi vision of Kolkata. Familiar landmarks like Gol Park are dwarfed by aerial highways and transmitter towers framed by the plumes of departing spacecraft. Despite the odds love blazes defiantly – whether it can survive is another question

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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

A Look Back Through 2015’s Releases

Here’s a video highlighting a track from each of the records we put out this year. Enjoy!

HopeStreet joins Native Tongue

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The deal will see Native Tongue Music Publishing and HopeStreet Recordings team together to help develop and work HopeStreet’s diverse catalogue which currently features artists such as Emma Donovan & The PutBacks, The Meltdown, The Bombay Royale, The Cactus Channel, The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra and Quarter Street.

Founded in 2009 by Tristan Ludowyk and Bob Knob – a pair of artists who produce and engineer the catalogue – the label now has 24 vinyl releases under their belt. “We’re hugely inspired by labels like Stax, with an in-house family that could do everything from write, arrange, produce and perform on the hits”, says Ludowyk. “This partnership with Native Tongue provides a great opportunity for our artists and production team.”

Already longtime fans of the label, Native Tongue’s Matt Tanner said “We’re excited to work with Hope Street, who are a Melbourne institution that continually deliver the best soul and funk artists and releases that Australia has to offer.”

New limited ed. PutBacks 45 available now!


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After stealing the hearts of soul fans everywhere through their ongoing collaboration with Emma Donovan, The PutBacks return to instrumental music with a brand new 7inch, Kung Fu Pyramids b/w Snake Eyes. For the fighters, Kung Fu Pyramids is a slice of dark, guitar-driven, psychedelic, martial arts funk. For the gamblers, the brooding downtempo minimalism of Snake Eyes is an ode to the joys of Mia, dice game of champions.

SOS Blak 7″ out today

Emma Donovan & The PutBacks have brought together some very special guests to release a new 7” single featuring two classic Aboriginal Australian songs. Emma is joined by Tim Rogers of You Am I and rapper Joelistics on a version of Warumpi Band’s 1985 anthem Blackfella Whitefella and by Archie Roach on a deep soul rendition of his late partner Ruby Hunter’s heartbreaking hit, Down City Streets.


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All vinyl includes MP3 download code. If you’re outside Australia, the Buy Vinyl button will find a store close to where you live – automagically!

This release supports the massive grassroots movement led by SOS Blak Australia, an organization dedicated to supporting Aboriginal communities in remote Western Australia currently under threat of closure.

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Quarter Street Live on PBS

Quarter Street will be performing live on air on Melbourne’s PBS FM tomorrow on Switched On with Emma Peel. Tune in to 106.7 FM or listen online from 1pm Melbourne time.

For those not yet familiar with their self-titled album which was released last Friday, you can listen to the entire LP right here and check out today’s review in the Sydney Morning Herald where Paris Pompor says:

“Their debut is largely street-tough across its eight tunes, bursting with punchy brass and unrelenting percussive workouts.”

Paris gave the album 4 stars. Currently it says 3 stars online – apparently that’s a misprint honest 😉

Cobaw 7″ Out Today


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The new 45 from The Cactus Channel, Cobaw, takes its name from a small town in the gold rush end of the Macedon Ranges. Scrubby forests, disused mine shafts and quiet dark lagoons border the grazing land and history hides in all the shadows. Straight out, The Cactus Channel’s heavy, ominous drums and reverb-drenched guitars take this record into soundtrack land. It’s not clear whether it’s a road movie or a horror movie. The B-side, Fool’s Gold, a warning that all is not what it seems, is a slower, thicker tune on the same tip.

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