Release Date: May 27, 2008
Record label: Astralwerks
Combining electro and prog rock in equal parts could be a recipe for disaster, but Midnight Juggernauts make the concoction go down surprisingly smooth. The latest reinforcements in the current Australian Invasion (which includes Cut Copy, the Presets, Muscles, Van She, and more), Midnight Juggernauts are vaguely reminiscent of an array of different artists yet sound like none of them. Following up the underground darling Secrets of the Universe -- an EP that won the trio the “Justice’s favorite new band” tag -- Dystopia maintains an upbeat, optimistic disposition while cultivating a dark, ominous undertone.
Dystopia, Midnight Juggernauts' debut album, reveals so much care and confidence that it's easy to declare this one of the best debuts in the dance community since Scissor Sisters. In a similar fashion, Midnight Juggernauts revel in uninhibited dance music with a retro flair, carefully produced and polished to a sheen. But where Scissor Sisters looked back to disco and the Bee Gees primarily, Midnight Juggernauts have a slightly different spin, taking inspiration from the Euro-disco productions of Giorgio Moroder, David Bowie's rich tenor voice, and the future-shock themes (and synth) of prime '80s synth pop, with a few Beach Boys harmonies thrown into the mix.
Really rolling since being asked to open for Justice on their 2007 world tour, Australia’s Midnight Juggernauts offer up an epic statement about space and time on their debut LP. The disc includes two holdovers from their 2006 EP, Secrets Of The Universe (Shadows and Tombstone), and sounds very much in step with fellow countrymen Cut Copy. That said, there is a fair amount of Bowie-?esque schmaltz in Vincenzi Vendetta’s vocals, which make Dystopia a little harder to swallow than its instantly catchy cousin, Cut Copy’s In Ghost Colours.