DJANGO DJANGO at Wrongbar, Saturday, September 29. Rating: NNNN
When you've seen so many young buzz bands looking bored and dour onstage, the cheerfully goofy enthusiasm of Django Django is positively refreshing (and refreshingly positive). On record, their distillation of 60s psych-pop and post-acid house electronics is catchy and novel but much more earnest than the feeling the grinning Scottish/Irish quartet projected at Wrongbar Saturday night.
The economics of touring North America mean they had to leave their DIY lights and projections at home, but they seemed so happy to be here in their matching T-shirts that the minor compromise was forgotten. Besides, low production values suit the band just fine. Part of the appeal is watching their synth player flip through a notepad to find the correct settings for his battered keyboards, and wondering if the duct tape will hold together their bargain-basement percussion instruments.
Django Django have made a great debut album that you should take seriously, but it turns out they're a good-time party band at heart.