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 humour of The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, the group quickly took off from humble beginnings as the bedroom recording project of the Scottish-born Maclean and Northern Ireland-raised Neff. With the addition of synth-obsessed Scot Tommy Grace and Yorkshire-hailing bassist Jimmy Dixon, the group began 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 stunning run of early singles (“Storm/Love’s Dart”, “WOR”, “Waveforms”, “Default”) and their highly-acclaimed debut LP, whcih was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize. Third album 'Marble Skies' is due for release in January 2018, marrying everything from dancehall and rockabilly to their hypnotic garage-pop.
“A lot of the time it’s us just sitting around with a little melody and fitting words to it,” says Neff. “We don’t overthink things. Just whatever’s in your head, write it down, record it in.” “We’ll often just write nonsense,” adds the dry, self-deprecating Dixon. “Sometimes it stays, or sometimes there’ll be a line that we like and we’ll build the rest of the song around it.” “It’s just this idea of things constantly turning and moving on,” says Maclean, “and you’re just kind of part of it and watching it and helpless to time passing. But sort of becoming at ease with that.”
And so this is where we find Django Django in 2017: older, quite possibly wiser, but just as thrilling and unpredictable as ever. They join us in Dingle for the first time this December.