I WAS THERE . . . Midnight Juggernauts at Le Poisson Rouge 9.13.08
Le Poisson Rouge
September 13th, 2008
The Midnight Juggernauts are an intense and euphoric live act, full of energy, with the highly charismatic Vincent Vendetta at the helm. Hailing from Melbourne, Australia, they remind me of fellow Melbournite Nick Cave, with their highly intense and energetic music that manages to retain its originality while absorbing influences from other genres. Glam rock, disco, and electro pop fuse together to create a sound that’s smooth and mulitlayered, with fantasy lyrics that seduce the listener into an astral space away from reality as the band delivered a dynamic, forceful performance that captivated the audience at Le Poisson Rouge.
The space was packed with sweaty, excited fans, singing along to the Midnight Juggernauts original and fantastic lyrics, while dancing in the highly charged atmosphere they created. The band played all their hits from their EP Secrets of the Universe, as well as those off their most recent album Dystopia. If anyone there wasn’t already a fan, this performance was enough to convert them. Veteren disc spinner Grandmaster Flash, who has remixed their songs before, and who opened for them, spun a solid back-to-back medley of old school crowd pleasers, mixing disco, rock, and rap like a true legend, making it a great night with a great mix of music.