Midnight Juggernauts' Andrew Szekeres, Vincent Vendetta and Daniel Stricker took their time makingUncanny Valley – a journey that even took them to Loire Valley in France. Released through their own DIY label Siberia Records, the first single is 'Ballad of the War Machine' – which could be a long-lost New Romantic song but was actually inspired by Serge Gainsbourg; an unlikely influence on the album, along with industrial music.
“We wanted to make a more energetic-sounding record,” Szekeres tells us. “In lots of ways, it's more electronic than other stuff we've done.”
The synth buffs didn't slack off between albums. They composed and performed a soundtrack for old Look at Life newsreels at the Australian Centre For the Moving Image (they plan to release the music next year), and toured South America and Europe. While they started off in the same surge of electro talent as Cut Copy and the Presets, they’ve moved at a steadier pace, collaborating in interesting projects (Solange Knowles included) rather than chasing stadiums.
“I would like to have it each way,” Szekeres laughs. “I'd be more than happy for our music to reach as far as it can, but I guess we've been pretty uncompromising in what we're willing to do. If we changed tack and we were thinking more about, "How do we make commercial music?" then I'd say we'd just fail miserably and probably we'd lose on all fronts.”
It’s the fact that the band keeps so busy that means that not all the material with Solange Knowles made it to fruition. “I think it'll definitely get released at some point,” Szekeres says. “We did some session stuff in Melbourne and then Vinnie went to LA for a bit and recorded some extra stuff there. She was really into some interesting music."