February 11, 2012 by Me and My Monkeys
The electro-synthetic chorus that introduces Django Django will make your pulse race with anticipation. It’s as if Elvis is about to land his spaceship for a final night in Vegas. It’s as if the future is at war with the past. It’s earth versus electricity.
When the pop harmonies of ‘Hail Bop’ kick in, we’ve already been won and can’t believe how unselfconscious we are around a band that we’ve never heard of. Did they slip something into our drink?
My second, or third, impression is that this is where the Dandy Warhols should have gone after Thirteen Tales…
There are influences everywhere, but twisted ones. ‘Firewater’ is Canned Heat on a happy pill at a dance party. ‘Hand of Man’ is Black Sabbath singing Planet Caravan at the same gig. Then there’s Dick Dale, The King of the Surf Guitar.
Of course every track hints at The Beach Boys on the positive side of a psychedelic mood disorder. These boys aren’t going to sleep any time soon.
OK, so by ‘Zumm Zumm’ the 80s computer game backing track has done its time, but we’re still dancing.
Django Django is/are 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, 00s and – definitively – right now. It’s as if they’ve always been here.
Recommended? Absolutely, to anyone.
Out of 10? 8, with room to age well.