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Midnight Juggernauts

Michael Moratta // January 18, 2008

Who? Hailing from Melbourne, Australia, MidnightJuggernauts were born as a duo between Vincent Vendetta (keys/vocals)and Andy Juggernaut (guitar/vocals). After releasing two EPs — 2005’s Raised by Wolves and 2006’s Secrets of the Universe — they added drummer Daniel Stricker to augment their infectious big-beat live sound. Full-length LP, Dystopia,arrived down under earlier this year through the band’s own Siberialabel and the Juggernauts spent the rest of 2007 touring with Justice;plans for a domestic release on a yet-to-be announced label is slatedfor early spring.

What’s the Deal? Dystopiawill help folks get a jump on their Best of ’08 lists, furthering dancemusic’s indie rock crossover. Like Justice but without the religiousfoot-massage, “Into the Galaxy” soars through space like a synthesizersymphony, a dance floor throwdown with four on the floor and an eye onthe heavens. The Daft Punk-inspired splatter-beat of “Road to Recovery”screams of a thousand angry droids smashing re-gifted Tiffany glasswareagainst a steel chandelier, corralled by smooth prog-like vocals bakedunder electric light. An instant dance party, at any hour.

Fun Fact: A former filmmaker, Vincent Vendetta directs all the band’s music videos.

Now Hear This:
Midnight Juggernauts – “Shadows”

On the Web:
Midnight Juggernauts at MySpace
midnightjuggernauts.com

Talk: What elixir turns you into a midnight juggernaut?