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April 23, 2018

8 p.m.

Django Django

Neumos

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Django Django

Two years ago, Django Django’s producer/drummer David Maclean was standing backstage at a festival in Chicago,
chatting to a group of people, when he happened to raise his eyes skywards. “It was really amazing,” he remembers. “The sky
looked like a massive sheet of marble. We were all just kind of staring at it. It triggered something.” 


Maclean immediately made a note of the words Marble Skies, now the title of the band’s third album. It’s a very Django
Django title, following on from their eponymous, Mercury-nominated 2012 debut album and its 2015 follow-up Born Under
Saturn to underline their inherent wonder of all things natural and elemental. 


After the rave-shaped grooves and expansive arrangements of its predecessor, Marble Skies is a more concise and
focused offering which recalls the dynamic, genre-blurring music of their debut. Where Born Under Saturn was recorded in
Angelic in rural Northants, in what Django Django regard as a “proper” studio filled with an array of vintage synthesizers, Marble
Skies found them returning to the handmade, cut-and-paste approach of the Django Django album. “We definitely felt like we
wanted to take back control a bit more,” says singer/guitarist Vincent Neff. “The first one was done with a very limited palette
because we didn’t have that much equipment. Then with the second we had everything.” 


Having begun life as the bedroom recording project of the Scottish-born Maclean and Northern Ireland-raised Neff,
Django Django evolved into a band with the addition of synth-obsessed Scot Tommy Grace and Yorkshire-hailing bassist Jimmy
Dixon, playing anywhere from small clubs to warehouse parties. The four initially met at Edinburgh College Of Art, though didn’t
properly get going until they had all relocated to London, where things quickly took off for Django Django following the release
of a run of early singles (“Storm/Love’s Dart”, “WOR”, “Waveforms”, “Default”) and their highly-acclaimed debut LP.
Upon their arrival, as a band Django Django were clearly a unique proposition, mixing the US garage rock of The Monks
with the playful sonic voyaging of Beck, and adding a dash of the freewheeling, surrealistic humor of The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah
Band.


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