To say the Django Django show this week in Denver was highly anticiapted would be an understatement. A stop in the Mile-High city was a first for the London by way of Scotland band, and the lead singer, Vincent Neff, admitted he fully expected to see people walking around in cowboy hats. Tongue placed firmly in cheek he said, “I haven’t seen anyone wearing a Stetson.” Hey, at least he didn't say anything about the altitude and was smart enough to be drinking plenty of coconut water.
Given the American audience is still somewhat less familiar with Django Django than in their UK homeland, most of the set was from their self-titled debut, launching with “Intro,” then on to “Hail Bop” and “Storm.” New material from this year’s release Born Under Saturn emerged with the gyrating “Shake and Tremble,” the luminescent and lovely “First Light,” and then it was in full dance party mode with “Reflections” as the touring horn player came in for those smokey tunes, much to the delight of the fans.
As with their previous performances, the band members switched around and about during the show, with bassist Jimmy Dixon bopping over to Tommy Grace’s area of the stage to jump in on some keyboards and synths. Grace would also make his way over to David Maclean’s drum kit to lend a hand, and unconventional instruments were tapped, from a homemade-looking converted cardboard box and coconut shells adding unique percussion twists.
Putting electronics aside, “Love’s Dart” was performed acoustically and was followed by “Slow West,” the song Django Django wrote for MacLean’s brother, John MacClean (formally of Beta Band), scored his first film of the same name. It seemed appropriate this song popped up on the Denver set list, given our Western-esque history, even though we weren’t all walking around in said Stensons and Tony Lama boots. The kids loved it, and that’s all that mattered.
Without having the time to showcase other Born in Saturn favorites like “Pause and Repeat,” "Vibrations" and “High Moon,” the diversity and range of Django Django’s musicianship, songwriting and performing was again showcased at the Bluebird show. A good friend and fellow music snob, Tyler Jacobson, asked me after the show, “Are they always that good?!” Having seen them twice before, including months after the release of their debut, I can say unequivocally say yes, abso-fucking-lutely.
Remaining Django Django Tour Dates:
Thu. Aug. 6 – Los Angeles, CA @ Mayan Theatre [Tix]
Sat. Aug. 8 – San Francisco, CA @ Outside Lands Festival - Twin Peaks stage, 3:40pm
Sat. Aug. 22 – Hamburg, DE @ Dockville
Sun. Aug. 23 – Biddinghuizen, NL @ Lowlands
Fri. Aug. 28 – Reading, UK @ Reading Festival
Sat. Aug. 29 – Leeds, UK @ Leeds Festival
Fri. Sep. 4 – Larmer Tree Gardens, UK @ End of the Road Festival
Sun. Sep. 6 – Laois, IE @ Electric Picnic
Mon. Oct. 19 - Vancouver, BC @ Imperial
Tue. Oct. 20 - Seattle, WA @ Showbox
Wed. Oct. 21 - Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
Sun. Oct. 25 - Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
Tue. Oct. 27 - Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater
Wed. Oct. 28 - Austin, TX @ The Mohawk
Thu. Oct. 29 - Houston, TX @ Numbers
Sat. Oct. 31 -- New Orleans, LA @ Voodoo Music Experience
Mon. Nov. 2 - Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West
Tue. Nov. 3 - Nashville, TN @ Cannery Ballroom
Wed. Nov. 4 - Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
Fri. Nov. 6 - Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
Sun. Nov. 8 - Boston, MA @ Royale
Wed. Dec. 2 – Derry, UK @ Nerve Centre
Thu. Dec. 3 – Glasgow, UK @ Barrowlands
Sun. Dec. 6 – Manchester, UK @ Albert Hall
Mon. Dec. 7 – Birmingham, UK @ Institute