The Bowery Presents
Django Django

Django Django


Tue, October 2, 2012

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

The Bowery Ballroom

New York, NY

$17 advance / $20 day of show

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Django Django
Django Django
It's not for anyone else to decide what other young men and
women should get up to in the sanctity of their own bedrooms.
That said, it's heartening to know that not everyone using the
term "bedroom band" is a lazy person making bad excuses for a
tossed off record.

For the last three years, Django Django have been busy doing
great things in the East London bedroom slept in by their drummer,
producer and de facto leader David Maclean. The result of those
great things is a great self-titled debut record.

"Time gives you options, and we had plenty of that," says Vincent
Neff, the singer and guitarist who – along with bassist Jimmy Dixon
and synth operator Tommy Grace – completes Django Django.

"There was no pressure on us from anyone to go away with a
producer and come back two weeks later with an album," explains
Maclean. "Maybe next time there will be some svengali figure
banging his fists on a desk demanding hits, but we've had the
luxury to figure out what we wanted to do and how we wanted to
do it."

The quartet, who met at art school in Edinburgh, first came to
peoples' attentions after a gradual migration to London a couple
of years back. 2009's double A-side single "Storm"/"Love's Dart"
laid the blueprint for a confident, adventurous and psychedelically-
bruised strain of art-rock that melds intangible electronic flourishes
to the visceral rub of live instrumentation.

The time since has been spent holed away, expanding upon that
blueprint, seeing where they can push it. The impression one gets
of Django Django is of a band laying down the first, meticulously
measured borders on some vast map of a world that only they are
privy to.

Correspondent to that, each track is like its own nation of
harmonies, rhythms and textures. "We didn't put much conscious
thought into making it sound like an album – we thought we'd
let any similarities between the songs come out by themselves,"
explains Tommy.

What that means in practice is the swooning, bucolic Beach Boy-
isms of opening track "Hail Bop" and the sterner, questing Bo
Diddley beat guitars of "Life's A Beach". The industrious, go-getting
tattoo verses of "Firewater" and the sleepy cowboy sighs of "Silver


"Default" and "Waveforms" are future singles. The former sounds
like an uprising in a Mexican gun factory.

"Music's so mad and widespread and varied, that eclecticism's the
only way to be for us," reasons Maclean. "That said, I think you can
draw a line through all the music we're into. It's about creativity
and experimentation and the quest to find a new sound."

Amid all the diverse moods and ideas of Django Django (all
there, perhaps, as the imagination wanders to stave off bedroom
boredom?) it's a lyric from "Silver Rays" that most capably sums up
its parent album.

"We venture out into the great uncharted," sings Neff, "go far away
from any beaten track… Enjoy it now before it's far departed, you
know that once it's gone that there'll be no way back."

The lyrics can be read as a desire to explore first, and a tribute to
what Dixon calls their decision to "stick to their guns" when outside
forces tried to convince them to forget everything they'd seen.

"A lot of people expected us to ditch our recordings and start all
over again, but that was never something we wanted to do. It's
great to have a body of work – something you can point to, and say
this is the story so far."

If that's true, then Django Django's story looks set to be a long
and compelling one. By banging together their thirst for adventure
and their exacting high standards, they've produced an album that
seems to have everything, but on which everything never seems
too much.

Time to get out of the bedroom now, and let playtime begin.
True Panther Sounds is very pleased to announce the forthcoming release of Diver the 2nd album by Lemonade available worldwide on May 29th. Diver is a sensual, bold electronic record, swimming ecstatically in the melodies of early 90?s R&B, UK 2-step Garage, Balearic house and NY freestyle. The trio, Callan Clendenin (vocals), Ben Steidel (synths, bass) and Alex Pasternak (drums, programming) recorded the album over the course of several years, at home in New York, on tour in Brazil between shows, or in their practice space in the basement of an old Catholic school. Ultimately, the album came to life when the band recruited producer Le Chev (Frankie Rose, Fischerspooner, SSION) to add the finishing touches and assist in fully realizing the band’s vision of Diver.

The music that Mary Anne Hobbs once called “pure, agile, hedonistic pop music,” is still there, but in an infinitely more potent and focused form. Callan’s lyricism reaches new intimate lows and ecstatic highs. Where Lemonade used to seek transcendence through psychedelic dance-floor physicality, Callan now looks inward, at the emotions of limited means, the urban everyday, and his attempts to hold on to redemptive love and romance in a cybernetic, information-rich world. Lemonade reference PM Dawn and Sade in the same sentence as Julio Bashmore and Swedish House Mafia. They are sounds of the past synthesized with contemporary dance music boueyed by the most immediate matters of the heart.

“Neptune”, the first taste from Diver, is a case in point. It’s a pure and emotional R&B track, an instant and surprising classic. The single will be released next month with remixes from Mike Simonetti, Jacques Renault, and Sinjin Hawke. Stay tuned for more info.
Venue Information:
The Bowery Ballroom
6 Delancey St
New York, NY, 10002