Django Django - Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh, Thu 24 Nov
- Jonny Ensall
- 13 December 2011
Infectious fun from a band with no other agenda than having a good time
Django Django’s music could be described as folk-rave, or math-beat, or perhaps contemporary hoedown. It’s hard to explain, really, why the combination of American West, Merseyside and East London rhythms should sound so good, meaning that, joyously, the four-piece band are a one-off. The collection of influences that they (they being David Maclean, Vincent Neff, Jimmy Dixon and Tommy Grace) bring to the stage is so self-consciously eclectic they could only be an art school band (Edinburgh College of Art in fact was where they met, and they’re now based in London) though the matching galactic T-shirts and angular dance moves are also a dead giveaway.
On stage they enjoy geeking out over electronic arpeggiations and complex vocal harmonies as much as they enjoy howling and bashing the daylights out of an array of drums, coconut shells and maracas. It’s a mixture of clever planning and live spontaneity that reminds of Hot Chip or Yeasayer, and it’s infectiously fun. Single ‘Waveforms’ is the set’s psychedelically tinged natural high. Some of their unreleased new material (they only have a few singles to their name so far) isn’t as excitingly danceable, but the Sneaky’s crowd aren’t disappointed by what they hear – that being promise in abundance from a band with no other agenda than having a good time.