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Django In The Night
They’re the quirky pospters whose sound is hard to pin down. But one thing can be said for certain about Django Django – we like what they do!
Roisin Dwyer, 14 Feb 2012
Django Django’s psychedlic art pop is avant-garde yet retro, pure yet hybrid, infuriatingly indefinable yet confoundingly catchy and familiar. Many a scribe has struggled with this Sphinx-like riddle, wrestling to encapsulate that which eludes neat description… In short: we is flummoxed!
Vincent Neff chuckles at our predicament.
“We do laugh and think it’s weird. We read all these ‘crazy leftfield’ tags and for us it’s just… POP! We quite like experimentation as well so it is just melding those two things together, the catchy and the stranger elements,” he says of their label-defying sonic cocktails.
The Derry singer/guitarist is between rehearsals at the band’s London studio basking in the glow of the plaudits being heaped on the freshly unleashed self-titled longplayer. Nearly three years have passed since debut double A-side single ‘Storm’/’Love’s Dart’ brought the Edinburgh Art School graduates to our attention. Was it a difficult birth?
“We recorded the album ourselves in David’s (Maclean – drummer/producer) bedroom so obviously that is different to going into a professional studio where people know what they’re doing,” explains Vinny. “We had to learn on the job but we were happy doing that.”
One comparison which does rear its head in reviews is that of The Beta Band, not surprising when you realise David is the younger brother of John Maclean.
“I knew of them but was never really that aware of them. I knew one of two of their tracks,” says Neff. “I suppose Dave being John’s brother, you grow up listening to similar things. The Beta Band left a great musical legacy. They weren’t easily definable. That might be a similarity. It’s also an easy thing for people to say, I wonder if they weren’t related would they have come to the same conclusion?”
Impressively the combo are signed to respected French label Because, home to Daft Punk, Moby and Metronomy.
“We began negotiations and then we met up with the director who has a serious music history, he signed Daft Punk and Air,” says Vinny. “They were happy to let us keep doing what we had been doing. We were really pleased to keep that level of control.”