Midnight Juggernauts Interview
MTV News grabbed a quick chat with one of the group to talk about their excellent debut disc...
Monday, July 7, 2008 - 14:11
Aussie three-piece Midnight Juggernauts have received rave reviews for their dreamy and psychedelic debut album Dystopia which blends Prog with electro influences. We spoke to 24 year old drummer Daniel Stricker who told us about teh concept behind the group and their love of David Bowie. MTV: How did the band form? I was in Sydney and the other two lived in Melbourne. They met at school and I met them whilst playing in a few different bands 4 years ago. MTV: Did you bond over particular bands? When joined the band there was stuff that goes across the board that everyone was into- Bowie, ELO and Pink Floyd. Andy grew up listening to a lot of metal and then he likes a lot of different pop stuff. I like The Pixies and dreamy pop rock like The Wannadies. I was excited by the way we came together and thought we could create a different sound. MTV: Is there a particular Bowie period that you bonded over? I like Low and Ziggy Stardust but we are more influenced by the way he has been as an artist. Its not all about music its about how he presents his art. We want to be able to do lots of different things with our artwork and films too. MTV: What do you want to do besides the music? We wanna take people to another place. We are into different sonic soundscapes and we are all into the visual aspect. Vincent has done most of the bands artwork. People want a story and there are so many normal bands- we dare to do something different. MTV: Tell us about the Dystopia album? We wrote it over a short period of time over a year ago. We wanted to make and album that really flowed becausde its easy to get singles on the internet now. It was important that we linked the songs together. The concept was to create another world. You can listen to our record at home or live- in all sorts of ways. MTV: Tell us about your live shows? Live we are like a rock band- its not an electronic thing. Its more raw but we try to recreate the record and reinterpret it and jam on the tracks. Ive always liked going to concerts and hearing different versions of songs. MTV: Do you have crazy visuals? Weve used visuals before but not that much- In terms of visuals we like using backdrops and some physical objects too! MTV: What other bands are you into at the moment? Pivot- who are old friends of ours. Holy F*ck are really good too. MGMT- there album is really good. We like hip hop and metal too if it has pop elements. Basically we like people who are pushing boundaries.
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