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Video of the Moment #1813: Django Django

 
By on Thursday, 28th May 2015 at 6:00 pm
 

Django Django‘s recently released their second album ‘Born Under Saturn’, and on it is ‘Shake and Tremble’, which sees the band being less rhythmic but push out the boat on their more psychedelic roots. This is also true for the promo video for the song, which is trippy as hell, the band themselves performing in a hot, sweaty jungle. During a storm. Check it out below.

Past coverage on the Scottish band is this way.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lqy3l63px9U[/youtube]

 

Live Gig Video: Django Django play ‘Life’s a Beach’ on the Jay Leno show

 
By on Tuesday, 2nd April 2013 at 4:00 pm
 

Scottish art rockers Django Django made their American late night television debut on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno last week when they were over here for their first major North American tour. Watch them below as they played a truly wigged out version of ‘WOR’ for the long-chinned host.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KasUnA9OXjg[/youtube]

 

Video of the Moment #1153: Django Django

 
By on Monday, 18th March 2013 at 6:00 pm
 

Django Django‘s new video for ‘WOR’, filmed by Noisey, profiles the riders of the “infamous” Indian Well of Death riders in Allahabad. It doesn’t really make sense to the meaning of the song in my opinion and acts more as a strange / odd / talking piece more than anything else. You’ll see what I mean when you watch the video below.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ojVsXB12zC8[/youtube]

 

Live Review: NME Awards Tour featuring Django Django, Miles Kane, Palma Violets and Peace at Newcastle Academy – 7th February 2013

 
By on Wednesday, 13th February 2013 at 2:00 pm
 

The NME Awards Tour is a long-established way to kick off the musical year with a quartet of bands that gathered plaudits in the preceding months. This year, we have Brummie style from Peace, noisy London shenanigans from Palma Violets, Liverpudlian swagger from Miles Kane, and sort-of-Scottish art-pop from Django Django. Surely something for everyone, and TGTF was there in Newcastle on opening night to see how things went down.

Peace NME Awards 2013

One’s heart goes out to Peace: their set began just as the Academy’s doors were opening, meaning the crowd was more stunted than they deserve. Nevertheless, there were whoops and hollers aplenty from a knot of dedicated fans right down the front. And any plaudits coming their way are well-deserved. Peace have a knack of honing in on any particular guitar music sound from the last couple of decades, and brilliantly recreating it as their own. ‘Follow Baby’ is a fine bit of pop-baggy last heard from EMF in the very early ‘90s. ‘Wraith’, shorn of its dubious blaxsploitation visuals is altogether more considered, with its funky guitar chops and enormous singalong chorus revealing a fine almost-love song.

But where Peace really sound most at home is in the unashamed power ballad ‘California Daze’. Sweet, sweeping backing vocals melt into a gentle guitar figure, the drums kick things up a gear about 90 seconds in, and the emotion is unashamed. A true lighters-in-the-air moment, which shows their maturity as songwriters and talent as performers. Perhaps for my sins, in the widescreen guitars and breadth of scope, I was reminded of a young U2. Peace deserve the latter band’s wider recognition, and tonight is a decent step towards achieving that.

Palma Violets
(pictured at top) eschew subtlety in favour of noise, wild abandon, and onstage theatricality. Their sound owes a lot to punk – I’m sure there’s one or two Sex Pistols and Clash records in Sam Fryer’s parents’ record collection. Vocals are artfully tweaked out of tune, instrumentation is simple: a synth organ parping underneath distorted guitars. Fryer and bassist Chilli Jesson have a sweaty bromance going on, mic stands intimately close together, double-headed guitar action never far away. Certainly this is raucous, powerful stuff live, artfully lo-fi (as per the obvious and unnecessary tape noise on their recorded material). Are they the true heirs to the art-punk throne? Until their forthcoming album is properly analysed for the presence of decent songs, the jury is still out, but they’re certainly a fun way to spend half an hour.

Miles Kane NME Awards 2013

As Miles Kane takes the stage, it becomes pretty clear that the crowd is his. Perhaps this is because, as his Wikipedia entry states, he is “very attractive”, or perhaps it’s the glint of his diamanté slippers that prove irresistible. Whatever the cause, the audience are big Kane fans, and he doesn’t disappoint them. Having been in bands since the age of 18, Kane knows a thing or two about throwing an onstage shape – for any young trainee frontmen watching, this was a masterclass in the art of swagger. Kane knows this is his big chance, and has got his pedal pressed hard to the floor. Imagine Liam Gallagher’s vocal sneer, his brother’s guitar technique, Alex Turner’s way with a tune, and Paul Weller’s haircut, and we have Miles Kane – a patchwork dadrock man in leather trousers.

But then again, there’s a big hole right now where all the big beasts used to prowl. So step forward Miles Kane, a pseudo-tribute to them all, to keep the guitar-loving public downloading content for the time being. The fact is, most people know what they like, and like what they know, and what they know is what Miles Kane is offering. If that sounds like damning with faint praise, it isn’t really. Kane is 100% professional, committed, and no box in the rock playbook is left unticked tonight. And, cynicism aside, that’s not an easy feat to pull off.

Django Django NME Awards 2013

And so it’s left to Django Django to top that. And frankly, it’s a little too much of a jarring contrast to really work well, as the Djangos’ artful and considered musings requiring a little too much concentration in comparison with Kane’s balls-to-the-wall rock. Most of the crowd do stick around, although the atmosphere is noticeably more subdued than previously. Perhaps this is all the better to hear the subtleties in the music, of which their multi-layered arrangements are full. There’s the echo of The Beta Band throughout, which can only be a good thing. To their own audience, with the correct support, Django Django would make a lot more sense. As it is, they are a little too cerebral for the headline slot here tonight. Perhaps a less fickle crowd might await them in other parts of the country…

Overall, this is five-star entertainment: four set of deeply professional musicians, playing somewhere around the top of their game. If you want to find out about new bands before everyone else, this is not the event for you. If you’ve not been paying attention over the last 12 months or so, or just can’t be bothered to keep up, a quick trip to the NME Tour every winter should get you right up to speed with where pop music is right now. That would be a pretty good place, then.

 

Video of the Moment #1103: Miles Kane

 
By on Saturday, 26th January 2013 at 6:04 pm
 

Miles Kane‘s newest video for ‘Give Up’ is a visual with Kane banging on his guitar on a stage, with a woman writhing on a video behind him (disturbing, at least to me; it’s garnering great response from the male commentators of YouTube, though). With blistering audio, it’s worth watching if only for the music. Catch it below.

‘Give Up’ will be released as a single on the 24th of February digitally as a 4-track EP via iTunes, with a limited edition 7″ vinyl format available on the 25th. The song will feature on Kane’s second album, due out later this year. Kane and his band support NME Awards tour headliner Django Django starting the 7th of February in Newcastle, but they have two headline dates of their own in Wrexham and Reading on the 4th and 5th February, respectively (unfortunately, both of those dates are sold out).

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xiMXaM5um6I[/youtube]

Monday 4th February 2013 – Wrexham Central Station (sold out)
Tuesday 5th February 2013 – Reading Sub89 (sold out)
Thursday 7th February 2013 – Newcastle Academy *
Friday 8th February 2013 – Manchester Academy*
Saturday 9th February 2013 – Leeds Academy *
Monday 11th February 2013 – Glasgow Academy *
Tuesday 12th February 2013 – Nottingham Rock City *
Wednesday13th February 2013 – Liverpool Academy*
Friday 15th February 2013 – Norwich UEA*
Saturday 16th February 2013 – Birmingham Academy*
Sunday 17th February 2013 – Cardiff Uni Great Hall *
Tuesday 19th February 2013 – Bristol Academy*
Wednesday 20th February 2013 – Bournemouth Academy *
Thursday 21st February 2013 – Brighton Dome *
Sunday 23rd February 2013 – London Brixton Academy*

 

Video of the Moment #1087: Django Django

 
By on Tuesday, 8th January 2013 at 6:00 pm
 

One of the most talked about bands on the festival circuit in 2012, Django Django, have released a new video for ‘Hand of Man’, from their well-received debut album released in January of last year. They kept this one in the family too: drummer Dave Maclean brother John was drafted to direct the video, which flies in the face of all their previous trippy Django videos.

That’s right. This one’s entirely in black and white, which fits the more chill and less frenetic nature of the song. Er…maybe you’re lulled into thinking this is the way the whole video is going to be. But no. Something happens in the middle that just doesn’t make sense. Just watch. Like everything else this band has given us, this promo is pleasantly unexpected.

 
 
 

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