Vancouver-based Delhi 2 Dublin has cultivated many California fans. (Courtesy photo)

More positive vibes on Delhi 2 Dublin’s ‘We Got This’

By Wendy Oakes

Special to S.F. Examiner

Delhi 2 Dublin lead vocalist Sanjay Seran is feeling secure about his band’s upcoming recording “We Got This.”

“I’m so confident that we’ve put out the best product we’ve ever put out. I love it,” says Seran, who appears at the Independent on Thursday during a stop on a 17-day tour to promote the group’s 11th album, which comes out April 19.

Delhi 2 Dublin — featuring Seran, Tarun Nayar on tabla and electronics; percussionist Ravi Binning on dhol and dholak; and Serena Eades on violin — mixes Bhangra beats, Celtic fiddle and other styles including hip-hop and electronic pop.

Jubilant dance parties happen at every show.

The internationally touring, self-described “subcontinental pop” outfit from Vancouver has found a big fan base in California, its following boosted significantly in 2016 after performances at Burning Man and Hardly Strictly Bluegrass.

The band’s adventure on La Playa was pivotal: “It was 52 hours and we played six shows. Everything you’ve ever heard about Burning Man by anyone, or any cliché, or any video, or any spoof video, it’s all true,” says Seran.

Word traveled quickly throughout the Bay about D2D’s six appearances, and by the time it played HSB in October, less than two months later, the lawn was packed.

The City’s love for Delhi 2 Dublin is mutual: “We honestly love playing San Francisco. Vancouver has to be No. 1, but San Francisco is the next No. 1,” says Seran.

While “We Got This” has the same upbeat, danceable approach as its predecessors, there’s a decided difference.

Most of the lyrics are sung in English, rather than in Punjabi, an intentional change. Seran says, “What we realized was that people want to sing along, and you’re limiting the amount of access you could have to people.”

Still, the lyrics have a sentiment similar to those of the group’s earlier songs, and the nine tracks on “We Got This” capture the essence of the band.

The album takes listeners on a journey that begins with political themes, winds into romance and ends with a party.

Even the more political numbers — the title tune, and “My People,” and especially the first single “Home” (all mixed by Robert Orton, of Lady Gaga and Lana Del Rey fame) — have a happy, encouraging vibe.

“Home,” written in honor of the 70th anniversary of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, is a commentary on belonging where one wishes by a band whose members are children of immigrants.

“We’re saying there’s a positive to this. Call me optimistic, but I’d like to think about that part, as opposed to how really weird it is right now,” says Seran.

IF YOU GO

Delhi 2 Dublin

Where: Independent, 628 Divisidero St., S.F.

When: 9 p.m. Thursday April 4

Tickets: $16 to $20

Contact: (415) 771-1421, www.theindependent.com

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