Posted in music | pictures | video on March 12, 2012

photos by Dominick Mastrangelo, video by Jessica Amaya; words by Bill Pearis

Django Django

Django Django were a genuine hit at their first-ever U.S performance Saturday night at Glasslands. It reminded me of seeing Hot Chip at Bowery Ballroom in 2006, and not just because they're somewhat nerdy guys making dance music. Their album is only out digitally in the U.S. and while I knew *I* really liked them, but didn't realize so many others did too. Glasslands was packed to the wazoo and people were dancing like mad -- and not just to singles "Waveforms" and "Default." "We just finished our first European tour and nobody danced this much!" admitted singer/guitarist Vincent Neff who, along with the rest of the group, seemed genuinely taken aback by their reception. It was one of those nights where the band and audience fed off each other's energy, making for a very, very enjoyable evening.

A little more of a rock band live than on record, Django Django nonetheless brought the invention of their debut to the stage with lots of percussion, including maracas, coconut shells and the biggest tambourine I've ever seen. Opening with "Hail Bop," the band played almost their entire LP, save for "Zumm" and the ethereal "Hand of Man." Best moments for me were Duane Eddy-ish "Life's a Beach" and "WOR," show-closer "Waveforms," stomping new single "Storm" (which photographers Jessica Amaya and Dominick Mastrangelo shot great video of, below) and, surprisingly, the instrumental "Cairo" which is a bit of a novelty on record but became a wonder of intstrument switching and additional percussion live.

If you missed it, Django Django play again tonight at Santos, a show BrooklynVegan is presenting with Neon Gold and Popgun that also features Charli XCX and Clock Opera. We're giving away tickets too and there's still time to win. Django Django will then head to Austin for SXSW, so if you're going you should definitely make an effort to see them.

Subbing for a Visa-issue-beleagured Kwes was D. Gookin, whose music reminds me of a LEN for the Laptop Whatever generation. He needs to try a little harder with the live show (or move into the producer/writer mode for others) but his reggae-tinged songs are pop hook delivery devices and I ended up liking it. Kwes, meanwhile, has sorted out his problems at the border and rescheduled his Glasslands show for next Monday (3/19).

Pictures and video of Django Django, and photos of D.Gookin are after the jump...



Comments (38)

someone on staff at BV must be sleeping with one of these DD guys. it's the only plausible explanation.

Posted by Anonymous | March 12, 2012 11:57 AM

It's the only plausible explanation for what? A sold out show for a band that fans have been waiting years to see doesn't warrant coverage?

Posted by Anonymous | March 12, 2012 12:02 PM

I'm sure that 11:57 has never heard their music and probably doesn't care too. Probably just basing the remark off the fact that the band does meet their hipster cool factor.

Posted by Anonymous | March 12, 2012 12:03 PM

who has been waiting years to see a band whose first LP came out in 2012?

Posted by Anonymous | March 12, 2012 12:10 PM

There's been buzz about this band for at least two years now and some of the songs released on the new LP have been played by them going back to 2010. Most of the people at the show knew and were singing the lyrics to most of the songs.

Posted by Anonymous | March 12, 2012 12:15 PM

Yeah this show was dope. Dubstep bro opening act was painful to listen to, though.

Posted by Anonymous | March 12, 2012 12:20 PM

yeah, that was an impressive show. if you weren't there than move along and comment somewhere else.

Posted by Anonymous | March 12, 2012 12:23 PM

Best show in ages and a terrific group of guys. Catch them tonight if you can!

Posted by Anonymous | March 12, 2012 12:30 PM

jesus, how many members of this band of nobody's are commenting upthread?

Posted by Anonymous | March 12, 2012 12:53 PM

12:53 Fail! Try again.

Posted by Grammar police | March 12, 2012 1:08 PM

The DD Street Team is up in this piece!

Posted by Anonymous | March 12, 2012 1:09 PM

1:08 = Grammar Nazi more like.
Get a life, m'kay bra!

Posted by Anonymous | March 12, 2012 1:36 PM

Got to agree with the anti DD posters if for nothing else then the annoying comments of the "street team" morons. This show is not a big deal so just relax. Unless of course you stupids think it is really a feat to s e l l out Glasslands. When I hear someone justifying a band's worthiness because they sold out Glasslands, I simply crook my face, laugh at the fool and discount anything more that comes out of their mouths.

Posted by Anonymous | March 12, 2012 1:59 PM

good bill tonight...shitty place

Posted by Anonymous | March 12, 2012 2:09 PM

Django Django was awesome, I can see them blowing up pretty soon. D.Gookin was embarassingly, entertainingly awful.

Posted by sherri | March 12, 2012 2:27 PM

Thank you, 1:59, for visiting this thread with your thoughts on a band's worthiness. I will take your opinion into account; god forbid I ever receive one of your dreaded face-crookings. BrooklynVegan, please think twice the next time your own interest in a band and their ability to sell 300 tickets in Brooklyn moves you to post pictures of them on your website.

Posted by Anonymous | March 12, 2012 3:00 PM

No way,they sold 300 tickets? Are you kidding me? WOW! Now that is something. Seriously what a major accomplishment. They must be the talk of the town

Posted by Anonymous | March 12, 2012 3:22 PM

Mmm...Vincent Neff excites my django.

Posted by Anonymous | March 12, 2012 3:38 PM

Wow, thank you 1:59 and 3:00 both for your insight. I will now go ahead and discredit you both based on the simple fact you actually commented. Everyone has their own opinions about music so shove off as no one cares about your anonymous comments.

Posted by Anonymous | March 12, 2012 4:01 PM


Posted by Excitement Nazi | March 12, 2012 4:06 PM

Someone please break D. Gookin's laptop.

Posted by Anonymous | March 12, 2012 4:16 PM

3:22 slept with the dude form Explosions In The Sky once and has since been having trouble understanding by BrooklynVegan puts up pictures of anything else.

Posted by Anonymous | March 12, 2012 4:19 PM

Speaking of hype. Can we please get a report on how the TRUST shows went down?

Posted by Anonymous | March 12, 2012 4:33 PM

300 tickets_in_Brooklyn
equivalent to 50_tickets_in_Chicago
equivalent to 20_tickets_in_Sioux Falls

Just. Not. That. Big. A. Deal.

Posted by Anonymous | March 12, 2012 4:40 PM


Posted by Anonymous | March 12, 2012 4:51 PM

The smoke looks like from hell ...

Posted by Anonymous | March 12, 2012 5:00 PM


THIS AIN'T SPARTA!!!!!! 8=====D~~~~~

Posted by Anonymous | March 12, 2012 5:11 PM

Thanks to all to came out.. We had a blast. Django boys. X

Posted by Anonymous | March 13, 2012 1:33 AM

4:40 keeps trying to show off industry knowledge at the expense of displaying a complete lack of perspective.

Posted by Anonymous | March 13, 2012 3:34 AM

I'm not their street teamer and have got absolutely no horse in this race but I saw these guys last night at Santo's and they're for real. With a little luck, they'll be headlining T5 size venues within a year. Infectious, effortless, dancey and fun.

Posted by Anonymous | March 13, 2012 9:15 AM

not even a blip on the radar. moving on.

Posted by Anonymous | March 13, 2012 9:32 AM

Thanks for this post on Django Django. It sounds like you had a great time at the Grasslands.

Posted by Music Bullet | March 13, 2012 1:07 PM

Grasslands a decent venue?

Posted by Anonymous | March 13, 2012 1:08 PM

I keep coming back to read 3:34's comment on how selling out Glasslands is something of a phenomenon. Tears in my eyes I guess. If the poster isn't Todd P Fitz, (s)he should be embarrassed to admit that (s)he made such a ridiculous assertion.

Posted by Anonymous | March 13, 2012 1:44 PM

D Gookin was shite

Posted by Anonymous | March 13, 2012 9:45 PM

Can't wait to see them during the Pride Parade this year. Hollah, sistahs!

Posted by Anonymous | March 14, 2012 7:14 AM

I have a great desire to go to a concert of them! still going!

Posted by Acompanhantes São Paulo | April 23, 2013 8:04 PM

totally wicked

Posted by jordon | August 4, 2013 4:43 PM

Leave a Comment