Django Django live

Django Django played two sold-out gigs at Sydney’s Oxford Art Factory this week. Their shows were exactly the kind of high-energy and fun outings that you would expect from the British quartet, as, on their first visit to Australia, theirĀ irresistibleĀ brand of psych-pop had audiences crowd-surfing, pogoing and dancing their legs off.

After Irish four-piece The Cast of Cheers had got proceedings off to a fine start thanks to a perky, bouncy and infectious set, the Djangos opened with an uncharacteristically slow intro, before ripping into Hail Bop, Storm and Firewater. Live, the band sounded markedly different to on record. Less clean, more guitary and dense. The high points came when the four mates, dressed in matching T-shirts, introduced interesting instruments into their sound, and when three of them all took to the keys/samples it created a thrilling sound and aesthetic. Closing the set with Wor, the likeable chaps seemed genuinely humbled by the rapturous reception they received, yet they fully deserved the encore that the crowd demanded. Make no mistake, Django Django sure know how to give their fans a good time.

The band are about to embark on a European tour and will be back in Australia for Falls Festival at the end of the year.

Here are some photos from OAF.

Words by Bobby Townsend. Photos by Bobby Townsend and Carol Bowditch.