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 which, upon its release at the end of January, was met with the kind of universal critical acclaim that most debut acts can only dream of.
In the months since, they’ve embarked on – and quickly sold-out – a string of live dates both at home and abroad, bringing the record to life in a vibrant fashion that never fails to be met with anything other than roars of approval from packed-out crowds. Festival appearances have been coming thick and fast, with completely over-capacity shows at The Great Escape and Field Day leaving fans battling for entry. 2012 isn’t set to slow down with dates in Europe, Japan, Australia and the UK leading them through to two sold-out Heaven shows in October.
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. “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.