I remember exactly how I felt the first time I saw Django Django live back in the late summer of 2012, performing their self-titled debut album. I was a complete fan-boy and devoted all my energy and sweat to dance to them that night. Many things have happened between that time and now.
The debut album from the foursome was nominated for a Mercury Prize, they curated a collection with the Late Night Tales series, and this month, just in time for summer, their latest album Born Under Saturn has been released.
On May 19, the quartet behind these eclectic-psychedelic sounds rocked a sold-out concert in KOKO. The venue is always packed, so, for a small person like me, sneaking out for a toilet break or a pint is never a good idea, but especially not when this band, originally from Scotland, are playing. The elbow jabbing culture here can get pretty rough.
That being said, Django Django, showcasing tracks from their latest album, managed to take the audiences on a journey of psychedelic pop, a lot more than the previous album. Upon the first listen, Born Under Saturn takes me to the world of Sci-Fi excursions; it is very accessible and I instantly loved it. The track 'First Light' felt like a departure from their debut album singles, leaving the crowd wanting more.
One guy shouted "Waveform" and the band started to play songs from their debut album like 'Hail Bop' or 'Default' in between sets, with freestyle arrangements that made these songs come back to life. The performance that night simply justified all of the praise and Born Under Saturn could not have come at a more perfect time for summer. Rough Trade named it their "Best New Album of May 2015." Make sure to catch Django Django on their set during the Field Day festival on Saturday 6 June.
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Watch Django Django Live at the Field Day festival on Saturday 6 June
Words: Dimas Bian
Image Source: Because Music