Meet Django Django. Maybe you are already well acquainted with the band. If you were, you wouldn’t forget it. The band, with roots in Scotland and London, feature an explosion of different sounds and genres, often all on one song. Their influences and musical twists and turns are fascinating and make for an excellent listen. You can hear all of this on their debut, self-titled record – it is probably the most fun you’ll have listening to a record in quite some time.
Despite being a fun album, it is a good album. The songs are unique, exciting, and catchy. The vocal layers are soothing, while most of the songs will have you tapping your foot or dancing on the table (which is a little awkward at work, I found out). The band – with producer and drummer Dave Maclean, singer and guitarist Vincent Neff, bassist Jimmy Dixon, and synth man Tommy Grace – released a single back in 2009, and then disappeared for awhile. They returned with their debut album earlier this year in the UK, which came out more recently in North America. The album has been shortlisted for the prestigious Barclaycard Mercury Prize for Best UK or Irish album. Not a bad debut!
PeteHatesMusic caught up with Dave Maclean over email to discuss how to describe Django Django’s sound, the influences of The Beta Band, how being a DJ helped with the tracklisting, and where to take the band’s sound next (musically, not physically).