Luke’s Alphabet Tour – D: Django Django at London XOYO – 27th February 2012

By on Friday, 2nd March 2012 at 2:00 pm

As the sun sets over London the mid-week gig goers begin to leave their flats and head toward the vibrations. Tonight’s gig at XOYO is sold out and there is an abundance of music lovers loitering across the road hoping to attract a tout or seduce the door staff for free entry. The headliners of this jamboree are the Scotland via England indie-electro boys, Django Django. Having released their debut self-titled album last month, tickets for this subsequent tour are proving to be hot property.

Before the 800-strong crowd are treated to the electro vibes they crave, openers Omnivore Demon take a different slant on experimental. Featuring three members of Glaswegian indie rockers the Phantom Band, the collective on stage are a completely different affair by being wholly improvisational in their performance. Covering their faces in towels the band make an instant statement which is complemented by their ominous, groove-laden beats that often verges on the noise rock scene. As a trio the band don’t have a vocalist and are more of a post-rock outfit, but are less This Will Destroy You and more Lightning Bolt. The Mastodon-sized riffs, pounding drums and various squelches, bleeps and blips from the synthesiser create such a racket XOYO doesn’t know what to make of it. But it’s bloody good.

Once Omnivore Demon have finished annoying the majority of the audience, the room (well, the first few rows) comes to life after Django Django take to the stage after an excessive 30-minute interval between acts. Complete with full light show the party starts with a Kraftwerk-esque synth beat that gets the fans bopping and dancing how only a London crowd can – awkwardly. Despite London’s inherent fear of dancing at gigs, the Scottish lads give it their all and put on a five star show. Various images encircle the stage such as ‘smiley’ that was synonymous with the 90s rave scene, but 20 years on it’s comforting to know the simplicity of the image oversees the complexities of how electronica has evolved.

Despite the upbeat nature of the set, the crowd here tonight only really elevates for the big numbers. ‘Waveforms’ receives a fantastic ovation as the laser show kicks in and the stomping beat shakes the walls. There’s a slight air of early Metronomy during the instrumentals and the crowd are lapping it all up, begging for more. The highlight, though, surely has to be single ‘Default’ that opens the dancefloor and the lungs of Django Django’s southern contingent. For a band who are still fairly unknown – generally speaking – tonight has been a monumental achievement. With quite a few festivals booked already this summer, the band are ready to skyrocket in 2012.

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