Posted in music | pictures on October 5, 2012

photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher

Django Django at Knitting Factory - 10/4/12
Django Django

"I'd like to go somewhere with you tonight! I'd like to go up in the sky to a place we call Cairo!" said Django Django frontman VIncent Neff at Knitting Factory last night (10/4) to a screaming crowd before going into the snake-charming "Skies Over Cairo." The band took the hypnotic tune to levels not experienced on the album version, ending in a jam which pulled equally from tribal drumming as from an extended club mix, an element they worked into a number of their songs throughout the show. Though "Skies Over Cairo," both live and on the album, is their most overtly psychedelic moment, those vibes are felt throughout. Visually, the band all wear matching shirts with blue cell-like spots plastered on a maroon background and are always (hail) bopping along to their multi-textural rhythms, fleshed out by numerous auxiliary percussion instruments. And musically, Django Django evoke the harmonies and chord shifts of '60s psych pop over pulsing krautrock synths. But while the majority of modern bands who fit that kind of description follow in the footsteps of Animal Collective's woozy versions of what a young Brian Wilson might be writing with today's technology, Django Django's psychedelia is way more "Journey to the Center of the Mind" than "God Only Knows."

Last night's Knitting Factory show was the last on their North American tour and second in NYC this week, after having played Bowery Ballroom on Tuesday (10/2) with Lemonade. Unlike the Bowery show, last night's didn't sell out in advance, but by the time the band had begun setting up, the venue was at full capacity. You could tell the band had spent a lot of time on the summer festival circuit since last visiting NYC, calling for clap-alongs and other crowd participation moments. Fritzy monitor problems didn't dissuade the band's energy or the crowd's interest.

Last night's show was opened by Brooklyn goths Eraas, whose set was way louder than I expected and more grabbing than their album, but still a bit of style over substance. And when the singer really lets loose (like on the last two songs), he proves he's actually got a pretty good voice, despite often hiding it behind unintelligible levels of reverb. You can catch Eraas in Brooklyn again on November 10 at Cameo Gallery with Dignan Porch (who will be here for CMJ).

More pictures of both bands from last night's show are below.

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Comments (10)

I was there! And it was AWESOME!

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2012 12:14 PM

I was there! And it was AWESOME!

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2012 12:14 PM

I was there! And it was AWESOME!

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2012 12:15 PM

wait... were you there?

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2012 12:24 PM

This show was...basically fine. The crowd seemed pretty subdued, though, and the set was kinda sleepy. (They played 'Wor' at a weird slower tempo.) Time for DD to roll out some new material.

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2012 2:50 PM

I can't say enough about how special Django Django is, because I was born in 1988 and never heard of the Beta Band.

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2012 11:07 PM

I was there! And it was MEH!

Posted by Anonymous | October 9, 2012 4:04 PM

Your ideas was totally easy to get. Happy to find that there’s an person online that gets it precise what its is talking about.

Posted by Marital life | November 23, 2012 6:35 PM

yea, this band is spectacular, much love to go to a concert of them, I wonder, when will come to Brazil? I'm here now waiting a long time and very anxious

Posted by Higienizacao de Ar | May 15, 2013 9:54 PM

the crowd was screaming pretty loud.

Posted by mike | July 13, 2013 5:30 PM

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