Monday, June 16, 2008

Midnight Juggernauts CD review

(This review originally appeared in IE Weekly)

Midnight Juggernauts

Midnight Juggernauts gained major attention last year as an opening act for Justice, who proceeded to give them props in various interviews. Formed in Australia, the dance rock trio put out two EPs and did popular remixes for others (Presets, Electric Six). They went down a storm this past April at Coachella, despite an early afternoon set in the Sahara Tent.

Self-produced debut disc Dystopia is equally invigorating. Taking a cue from 1970s Eurodisco producer Giorgio Moroder and the sinister Gary Numan, plus latter day practitioner Air, the Juggernauts are equally adept at space rock, mood pieces and party anthems. Among the standouts here are the acoustic guitar-driven title track (think chilled out Pink Floyd), infectious “Into the Galaxy” (with a lyrical nod to Van Morrison & Them), freaky instrumental “Scorpius,” bouncy “Road to Recovery” and “Tombstone” (both full-on electronica in the Daft Punk vein). Prepare for a memorable journey, these guys are an irresistible force.

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