A privileged few may have booked the first available seats on Virgin Galactic’s maiden outer-space voyage for 2009, but they needn’t have bothered as come 4th August 2007, Midnight Juggernauts launch their debut album Dystopia onto an unsuspecting musical public. Interstellar space travel has never been quite so within arm’s reach, available to one and all in a single concentrated 50-minute supersonic burst.
In the Midnight Juggernauts’ Dystopia constellation, a line can be traced from the modern symphony of M83 and Air, all the way back to the electronic psychedelia of CAN and the pop smarts of ELO. John Carpenter is in the director’s chair, Georgio Moroder’s compiling
the soundtrack, and Goblin is screaming from the shadows.
Throughout its 13 tracks Dystopia lays a common thread of vigilant optimism, although it’s a mood often shrouded with a dark and sinister disposition. The relentless stomp of techno-meets-disco singles ‘Road To Recovery’, ‘Shadows’ and ‘45 And Rising’ have already scored the band airplay on triple j and independent radio Australia wide, while
further into the stratosphere they’ve found themselves pounced on by BBC1 and MTV2 UK/Europe, the latter marking them as “artists we’re tipping for the top in 2007”.
Midnight Juggernauts have already released two critically acclaimed EPs in their canon of work: Raised By Wolves in 2005 and last year’s Secrets Of The Universe (now sold out of its fourth pressing). Along the way the original duo of Vincent (keys/vox) and Andy (guitars/vox) toured the UK and Europe, joined festival line-ups for Parklife, Homebake, Laneway and Future Music, and were called upon to remix a dazzling array of artists.
They’ve worked their studio magic on !!! (Chk Chk Chk), The Presets, Electric Six, KIM, Dragonette, and VHS vs Beta, with the remixes finding homes on compilations including Kitsune Maison and Fabriclive – and shared stages with acts as diverse as MSTRKRFT, Death From Above 1979, and Pixies.
Despite major label interest, Midnight Juggernauts have opted to remain fiercely independent releasing their debut album through their own label Siberia Records. This has granted them wider creative freedom and also kept them open to growing interest
from around the world.
Upon entering the studio to begin their Dystopia journey, Vincent and Andy made the decision to invite a third member into the fold; Daniel Stricker (drums/vox) accepted the challenge and was more than ready for the expedition that followed. The band’s live show
has reaped the rewards, now an even more dynamic and energetic experience, and one that recently sold out venues around Australia on their ‘Road To Recovery’ single launch tour.
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