Synthesizing disparate yet similar constituent parts and delivering the results with unrelenting persistence, the band have enjoyed plenty of hype of late. Live, the results created a mostly buoyant and playful set.
Destined for bigger stages, Django Django showed up at the Opera House with a big, venetian blind-aping light setup (also, matching shirts). Riding a kick drum and echo effects, "Introduction" began underwater. Unfortunately, "Hail Bop" struggled with precision as it faced a slightly muddy mix. Ditto "Storm."
Nevertheless, a mid-tempo "Firewater" got the proceedings on track, creating the axiom: when in doubt, couple a gigantic tambourine with a persistent bass; it works every time (i.e. once).
Highlight "Hand of Man" brought the cowbell to the fore, juxtaposing it with laser synths, a writhing bass and echo-effect vocals. A feat of layering, the Hot Chip-meets-Stone Roses track was simultaneously towering and intricate.
A sped-up rendition of the aforementioned "Default" (aka the happy marriage of cowbell and maraca) was, unsurprisingly, the evening's finest moment. Still, the "Fuckin' in the Bushes"-indebted "WOR" was a close second, benefitting largely from two-man percussion and scattered air-raid sirens.
Of course, one-record bands are tailor-made for Tuesday nights. Short, fun, and promising, it was a highly jubilant gig from a compelling act.