Photos by G.
When I saw Django Django last year, I loved them so much, their self-titled debut made my top albums list of 2012 and has been in heavy rotation ever since. They are back in town with a pair of sold out shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn on March 6 and 7, 2013. I caught their show on opening night and I didn’t think possible, but they were even better than when I saw them in 2012.
The show began at 9 pm with Minneapolis indie rock band Night Moves. Their songs were rockin’ and their lead singer John Pelant has a voice that will surely be compared to MGMT or Portugal. The Man, but to me, that’s a really good thing. Their sound falls somewhere in between the great music produced in California in the 70s and psychedelic rock, though I just read on the net that they don’t like the “P” word. Sorry guys, no harm meant, maybe it was the venue’s lighting?! They are definitely a band I am putting on my radar and I recommend you do the same. You can check out their music for yourself on their bandcamp page (link is above).
At 10 pm, the main attraction, Django Django came out. They performed mostly in the dark with psychedelic projections playing on horizontal blinds behind them allowing the audience to take a musical journey with the Djangos. Like the last time I saw them, once the band started playing, they were a powerhouse! The songs were faster, harder and stronger than the versions on their self-titled album and many times, they’d play 3 or more songs in a row before taking a pause. Lead singer Vincent Neff is a born lead singer as he got the audience clapping and singing along to the band’s psychedelic pop/folk/rock music. After each song, he excitedly shouted out “Thank you very much Brooklyn” and his enthusiasm was infectious.
The band played the majority of their album and if you don’t know tracks like “Fire Water,” “Hand of Man,” “Default,” “Storm,” and “Life’s a Beach,” you are totally missing out on aural pleasure. When the band announced they were on their final song, the audience was begging for more and Vincent Neff pointed out “we only have one album, so we’ll make more music and come back and play those tracks for you.” When Django Django comes back, they will definitely be playing in a bigger venue and I hope when they return it’s very soon! Tickets for tonight’s show are sold out, but if you can score a ticket, I highly recommend you do.
See the setlist after the jump.