Django Django set for UK tour
Band support Metronomy and release self-titled debut in 2012
‘We weren’t really a band when we started,’ says Dave Maclean of London quartet Django Django. ‘We had to engineer a band around us so we could play a gig. We were booked to play a gig at [Brick Lane venue] 93 Feet East and we just had to recreate our songs as best we could for it. I guess we’re still trying to do that.’ The point at which the electronic bedroom project of drummer Maclean and singer Vincent Neff went from writing songs ‘almost accidentally’ to eventually becoming one of the most hotly-tipped bands of 2012 came with the addition of bassist Jimmy Dixon and synth player Tommy Grace.
The road of a group who sound like Sergio Morricone’s brooding spaghetti western twang filtered through the stark synths of John Carpenter actually started back home in Edinburgh, however. Maclean (brother of The Beta Band’s John) was part of the Art College scene of a few years back, at which point Grace was also working as a visual artist in the city. ‘There’s a danger you end up playing the same venues week in, week out in a city the size of Edinburgh,’ he says. ‘You can still make it, it just means you have to travel more and work harder.’
Their efforts don’t seem to be wasted at the moment, with a Metronomy support tour in the bag and an already-recorded, self-titled debut album due for release early next year. ‘It all seems to be coming together,’ says Maclean, probably about as casually as he dealt with that first gig.
Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh, Thu 24 Nov; Nice ‘n’ Sleazy, Glasgow, Sat 26 Nov