Bands to Watch #115: Django James and the Midnight Squires

By on Wednesday, 27th May 2009 at 2:00 pm

Django James and the Midnight SquiresI’m not going to lie. I wasn’t around in the 70s and much of the 80s to be able to watch the likes of Marc Bolan and Bowie at their best. No, for us late 80’s / 90’s kids, we can only watch dodgy quality films that are nothing like being able to catch them in the flesh. So, imagine how excited I was when Django James & The Midnight Squires landed in my inbox.

Take the best of Bowie and Bolan, add in a hint of Patrick Wolf and then (what must have been) a very interesting upbringing with parents Dave Stewart (from 80s legends Eurythmics) and Siobhan Fahey (of other 80s legends) Bananarama, and you end up with Django James (pronounced Jango). His influences are obvious, but manages to pay homage and be completely original, which is already racking up the accolades from the likes of Lou Reed and Billy Corgan for his vocal delivery and songwriting style.

Joined by his “Midnight Squires” (Spike Phillips on drums, Casey Hooper on Guitar, Scott Henson on Bass, and Matt Henson on Keys), Django James manages to have a great sense of fun about his music – harking back to the days of Glam, this is definately the very antithesis of indie rock of today, speaking to the campier side of you that just has to get up and make a fool of yourself after one too many drinks.

Enjoy the video for Hurricane below, and we’ll have a full interview on Friday afternoon here. If you want a snippet of what Django James is like in real life, Groupee has a few session videos of him in action.


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