“Combine the Indian drums (tabla, dhol) and sitars of the subcontinent with driving Irish fiddles and toe-tapping Celtic progressions, keep the dynamics fluid with bhangra world beat soundscapes and you've got Delhi 2 Dublin.” – Exclaim! Magazine
“The Vancouver-based collective combines dhol, fiddle and breakbeats in an Irish/Asian stew that is surprisingly varied, a marvellously wide-ranging and free-thinking concept." - BBC
Canada's Delhi 2 Dublin Ready To Turn Up The Multicultural Stereo on February 19, 2013
“Sometimes we just need to drown out the noise of the world by making the music louder,” says vocalist Sanjay Seran of Canada’s multicultural and musically diverse Delhi 2 Dublin, which describes not only the meaning behind the new album’s title Turn Up The Stereo but also the philosophy behind it. “It’s a metaphor for us turning it up many ways for this album. We spent ten times the amount of time and effort writing this album than we have in the past. We really tried to make everything better, from music and lyrics to production and artwork.” What they ended up with is 13 new songs that reflect the diversity of their unique sound – challenging the definition of urban music by dragging it to the intersection of Bhangra, Celtic, Dub, Rock and Electronica. It will be released independently on February 19, 2013.
Huffington Post has exclusively premiered the acoustic version of their video “Love Is The Hero” with HuffPo's Mike Ragogna describing the band “a rootsy dance outfit from Canada that merges Indian music with Celtic music, a very odd mixture that really works.” The video can be seen here:
Turn Up The Stereo shows the band expanding their palette to include more electronic and dub elements than their earlier material. From the opening anthem “Our House” to shimmery and soaring “Lighta” to the more propulsive pop title track, the album combines seemingly continents-apart musical styles while remaining cohesive and fluid. “I think we get bored pretty quickly,” says electronics and percussions guru Tarun Nayar about what fuels the rich amalgam of influences that make up the music. “None of us has any desire to keep re-writing the same album over and over again.”
Delhi 2 Dublin’s strong word-of-mouth for their live performances has enabled them to build a loyal and continent-wide fanbase in both Canada ands the US as well as the UK. Quickly becoming a fixture on the festival market, just this Summer alone, they’ve played Shambhala Music Festival, Festival of India, Wakarusa, Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival, and Shangri-La Music Festival among many others. Described by one magazine as the “United Nations of rock n’ roll,” they have grown into one of Canada’s most buzzed-about bands. 2013 will see them enhancing that reputation Stateside.