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.
Who? Like its Omaha, Nebraska brethren, Go Motion takes cue from the electro buzz pop of the Faint, but amps up the dual-guitars for spastic dance parties of one. Albert Kurniawan and James Luther trade off intricate guitar patterns, with Kurniawan applying metallic vocals and Luther doubling up on squealing synths. Luke Mabie aptly supplies the post-punk bass bounce, and drummer David Luther holds down a seemingly never-ending backbeat pulse. Self-released debut album Kill the Love dropped earlier this year. What's the Deal? Kill the Love clocks in at 34 minutes across 11 tracks that sound like early Cure on HGH, though Kurniawan's deadpan vocals borrow more from Satisfact's Matthew Steinke than Robert Smith. "Difference in Time" pierces with incisor-like guitar cuts before dropping into a wash of no-wave analog loops without missing a dark disco beat.