Bio: “Delhi, simply put, will blow you away” (Gain Music Productions, Feb. 2014)
How often does a band fully embrace aspects of every genre its members love and cherish? Answer: Never. One member doesn’t like jazz improvisation, one guy thinks hip-hop style beats over distorted guitars are lame, and the other members want to “keep it real” by not including any post-effects whatsoever. This is where Delhi (pronounced Dell-High) deviates from the norm. You probably won’t find any bigger fans of music playing in a group together. Nor will you encounter members of a single group who embrace every little idea that pops into their heads instead of shunning it away because “it just won’t work, man.”
Growing up in Guelph, Ontario, a small city largely known for its contribution to Indie-Folk Music (and home to the world famous Hillside Music Festival), the members of Delhi had the unique opportunity while growing up to literally go watch any form of music they chose to see, and never shied away from any of it. Singer/Guitarist David Scott is as much at home listening to Alexisonfire as he is spinning Eric Church, MGMT or Jay-Z. Rhythm section players Ernie Berces and Ryan Turner will discuss how Converge and Shai Hulud have had such long careers, and then play the Brad Mehldau Trio’s live album, followed most likely by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (or perhaps some ZZ Top). At no point is anything shunned; these three work in tandem to create a sound that is both accommodating to major label A & R reps, and still gutsy and adventurous enough for even the snarkiest of indie label fan boys. The soundscape created by this three-piece is massive, contagiously melodic, immediately recognizable, and will be stuck in your head for days. Guaranteed.
2013 was a big year for Delhi: numerous shows all over Ontario, recording and self-financing their second EP, gaining notoriety as an extremely hard-working and methodical thinking group. This work ethic proved to be too much for some members, and lead singer David Scott found himself searching for both and bass player and a drummer. The search eventually led him to finding two members who had done their fair share of grunt work in their own previous bands and musical undertakings. Ernie Berces was able to fill in the role of bass player, while drummer Ryan Turner was asked to lend a hand for a couple of shows, but ended up joining permanently as he enjoyed Delhis’ music so much. Says Turner “I went through numerous bands before attending university and studying psychology and applied jazz at the same time. I was of course apprehensive when I heard that another local band needed a drummer… but I heard the music and was blown away by the melodies and overall accessibility that David is able to write with. I’ve never hummed my own bands’ tunes so much in my life…” Embracing its new line-up, Delhi immediately started writing new songs when Turner joined, despite their previous effort only having been released three months earlier. “I didn’t see a point in waiting” says Scott “Delhi is able to do things with this line-up we simply couldn’t do before. These new songs will demonstrate great melodies, crazy dynamics, and a massive range of influences.” Sounds bold, but upon first listen to Delhi’s new EP, it holds true. Want some guitar heavy, driving rock a la Jimmy Eat World or the Foo Fighters? Check out the track “Outlaw.” Want something with huge, soaring vocals? “Cold Night” will fill that need. You will even find some hiphop-esque syncopation alongside acoustic guitar work in the semi-ballad “Faded.” If this sounds like a band that doesn’t understand its identity, or it’s “sound”, you’re mistaken. This is a band that is poised, focused, and ready for anything with this new EP.
This next year will find Delhi playing more shows than they ever have, expanding their audience through the diligence and hard work that has garnered the following they currently have and the accolades they’ve been given. The diverse influences and embracing qualities of so many different genres has truly given the world a unique and powerful group in Delhi, and they aren’t afraid of the responsibility that comes with it. Bassist Ernie Berces acknowledges this:
“having such an accessible and accommodating sound with a lot of influences is great, but if your live show sucks, no one cares. We’ve intentionally set out to make both new and old songs absolutely smoke live. This current line-up gets live music, we’ve all played the game for quite a while, and anybody who’s seen us recently knows that.” If the live show turns potentials into die-hard fans, the music accompanying it will surely do the same. The members of Delhi are confident that one listen will prove this theory correct.
Style of music: Rock
For booking contact David Scott.