The Districts have been around for a while. Because of this, you might expect some hardened rockers. But they’re looking, and sounding, fresh as a daisy. And as Berlin comes into bloom, they’re coming to visit.
Next Thursday 25th, indieBerlin is proud to present The Districts at Badehaus Berlin. They’re ‘a band that lives in the moment’ – I can’t recommend you take the same attitude towards tickets – buy them here.
Fresh out of high school and headlong into The Business, The Districts found their feet for four years before releasing Telephone in 2013. Soon, they were signed; promptly, they sealed and delivered A Flourish and a Spoil in 2015.
So what do they sound like? Lot of things, as it turns out
They style themselves as ‘genre-blurring’, which you can interpret as adventurous but not counter-conventional. They’re certainly cheeky, and there’s more than a whiff of rock gone by.
If adventure is what you’re after, you can hope that they bring out some tracks off their first LP, the self-published Telephone. Piano Song stands out as a refreshingly bold approach to composition.
“There’s a party at the rich kid’s house…”
On A Flourish and A Spoil they establish a sound but never fall into sounding samey. It starts youthful and ludic with 4th and Roebling; a more serious tone is struck with Sing the Song. That irreplaceable indie-rock drum beat slows right down, readying us for a beautiful and bold, stripped-back number Suburban Smell. “There’s a party at the rich kid’s house…”: I smell millenial nostalgia, mingling with a mustier vintage of arrangement.
Looking at the stats, their 2017 tour is very suspiciously timed. That two-year gap has come around again and suddenly they’re back in the public eye. What can possibly be happening now? I’ll let you Sherlocks work that one out.