Django Django are four men who met at Edinburgh College of Art in 2008. Among many other British bands they can play guitar, bass, drums and sing. Given the current climate, this doesn’t sound too appealing does it?
However three years in the making after an initial hype frenzy over their debut single Storm they have managed to produce a self-titled debut album. On top of that, it happens to be one of the most inventive debuts heard in a long time and also serves as conclusive proof that guitars aren’t obsolete.
The spirit of The Beta Band can be recognised floating eerily through much of the record, including opener Introduction/Hail Bop which boasts schizophrenic synths and stylised vocals. It is supplemented beautifully by the stellar single Default and other highlight Waveforms, before the album’s latter half becomes more adventurous with tracks like WOR and Loves Dart which employ a mean surf guitar sound and grumpy, rumbling drum beats.
It all suggests that this is a band with a serious intellect, a sharp wit, and a knack for subversive hooks.
Django Django is out now. The band are playing a handful of UK dates later this February.