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I saw this band support the Dissociatives last week and live they were great, eclipsing the main act in my opinion. I looked round for their ep's but they've only been released in Australia. Anyone know anything else about them?

dmun drive-in (dmun), Friday, 24 June 2005 07:51 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

two ep's, "girl and the sea" is the one i prefer. not as good as cut copy.

shine headlights on me (electricsound), Friday, 24 June 2005 07:53 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

nice. aren't they the dissoc. band? i hear the live shows are way wilder than the nice records.

mullygrubbr (bulbs), Friday, 24 June 2005 08:03 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

yeah that sounds about right. the records are quite slick and restrained.

shine headlights on me (electricsound), Friday, 24 June 2005 08:09 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

dull, in fact.

mullygrubbr (bulbs), Friday, 24 June 2005 08:11 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I liked Pretty Little Eyes on the first EP, but there the suppressed production style complemented the anxious tension of the lyrics. rest of it was too samey and like jim says, restrained - I'd imagine live versions of some of the songs could be great though. Haven't heard anything off the second.

kit brash (kit brash), Friday, 24 June 2005 12:47 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

three months pass...
so, they've got an album out - haven't heard it, but should be able to borrow it tomorrow. playing this saturday with, um, wolfm0ther. wonder how they'll compare to the midnight juggernauts?

etc, Monday, 10 October 2005 11:30 (twelve years ago) Permalink

substantially better i should think

jimmy glass (electricsound), Monday, 10 October 2005 11:35 (twelve years ago) Permalink

they're much better. they played in sydney on the weekend, sold out the metro. massive. i'd encourage any melbourne folk to get along.

glenny g2003 (glenny g2003), Monday, 10 October 2005 21:16 (twelve years ago) Permalink

just got my copy of the album, and . . . DAN1EL J0HNS!

etc, Monday, 10 October 2005 23:00 (twelve years ago) Permalink

whoa, hello mono people!

Idle Idle (idleidleidle), Monday, 10 October 2005 23:09 (twelve years ago) Permalink

it's a bit like a less goofy/fun A.R.E. Weapons, innit? "Girl And The Sea" is like Cut Copy's "Future", only not as good . . . there's some nice bits'n'bobs, though. but not as HOUSE MUZIK as I was hoping. & still nothing to match the Midnight Juggernauts' "Raised By Wolves".

etc, Tuesday, 11 October 2005 23:49 (twelve years ago) Permalink

can't quite see the ARE comparison myself.

jimmy glass (electricsound), Wednesday, 12 October 2005 00:23 (twelve years ago) Permalink

maybe more Secret Weapons's cover of "Nervous Breakdown", then . . . both the guy's voice & the . . . feeling? . . . of the beats/textures - sort've . . . Industrial? need to listen to it again.

(the first track reminds me of "Billie Jean"!)

etc, Wednesday, 12 October 2005 00:53 (twelve years ago) Permalink

raised by wolves is the only thing midnight juggernauts got, if they're gonna release anything else they'd better pull out all the stops

Idle Idle (idleidleidle), Wednesday, 12 October 2005 01:50 (twelve years ago) Permalink

the way they look in their videos disturb me - the guy who sings is like Aphex Twin on coke, brrrr.

http://www.modularpeople.com/03/preset/preset.htm has videos, sound, plus the guys doing a track-by-track runthrough of the album (which jars a bit w/my actual experience of the album, heh...)

etc, Wednesday, 12 October 2005 16:32 (twelve years ago) Permalink

a YSI - the Presets - "Are You The One?"

& for contrast, the Midnight Juggernauts - "Raised By Wolves"

etc, Wednesday, 12 October 2005 16:37 (twelve years ago) Permalink

yeah i can hear a lot more of ARE in the other songs, esp in "girl you chew me up", much prefer them to ARE tho

vacuum cleaner (electricsound), Thursday, 13 October 2005 03:44 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I haven't dared listen to the new ARE, but the production of stuff like "Don't Be Scared" is light years ahead of the Presets' (if Cut Copy got half of Cassius to produce them, the Presets should've gotten half of Tiefschwarz to produce them!) - can't quite articulate what it is, but it's not . . . totalizing . . . enough.

(btw, if anyone could tell me what to expect from "Unc0ntrollable Urg3, Ja1me D00m from B4ng G4ng in Sydney and the Modul4r DJ's", that'd be fab. forewarned is forearmed, &c.)

etc, Thursday, 13 October 2005 04:22 (twelve years ago) Permalink

people putting needles on records while experiencing the effects of cocaine on the human physiology.

kit brash (kit brash), Thursday, 13 October 2005 11:28 (twelve years ago) Permalink

The video for "Are You the One" is great...am I mistaken or is there a reference to the Hasselhoff Recursion in there?

telephone thing, Thursday, 13 October 2005 19:20 (twelve years ago) Permalink

show was grebt! energetic, gritty-in-a-good way, a lot more friendly/goofy that I was afraid of (& they were nice guys, too - um, ryan, it actually might be a hasselhoff recursion reference! was done by their friend, who's into all that sort've stuff). tho I had no idea the crowd was gonna be a fashion week afterparty, wtf. & w0lfmother can fuck right off.

(& this is probably more of an indictment of auckland that teh genius of the modular guy who DJed, but when, post-presets, he played "crescendolls" => "paris hilton" => "flat beat" => (something) "hey you (what's that sound)" => "saturdays", I almost cried tears of joy on the dancefloor (haha & the usual suspects were like "where's the schmindie? I don't know if I can dance to this music with 'beats'!"))

etc, Sunday, 16 October 2005 23:12 (twelve years ago) Permalink

friend = brother, no?

kit brash (kit brash), Monday, 17 October 2005 01:06 (twelve years ago) Permalink

w0lfmother can fuck right off.

yes!!

haitch (haitch), Monday, 17 October 2005 01:22 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I really like "I go hard (I go home)" off the presets record.

that gold-leaf effect on the cover's a bit much though!

haitch (haitch), Monday, 17 October 2005 01:53 (twelve years ago) Permalink

i also really like "i go hard (i go home)" on the presets record. it's great. i like the midnight juggernauts much better though. what's that last ARE release like? heard it didn't really spark much interest.

danger dave, Tuesday, 18 October 2005 23:04 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I got "The Girl And The Sea" off of Music For Robots ages ago. It's a beautiful song. Way better than anything off the latest ARE album (which has some moments but nothing remotely as good as "Don't Be Scared" or "Hey Young World").

miccio (miccio), Tuesday, 18 October 2005 23:18 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Does anyone know if the Presets album is getting a release anywhere outside Australia?

telephone thing, Wednesday, 19 October 2005 00:18 (twelve years ago) Permalink

i would assume it would be on the cards. who released the cut copy overseas?

vacuum cleaner (electricsound), Wednesday, 19 October 2005 00:23 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Modular's US branch, and V2 in the UK I think.

telephone thing, Wednesday, 19 October 2005 00:29 (twelve years ago) Permalink

they put on an awesome live show, saw them last friday
lasers and lightshow and everyone was going nuts like an indie rave ahaha

Idle Idle (idleidleidle), Wednesday, 19 October 2005 12:47 (twelve years ago) Permalink

i went to this presets show as well. the lasers were an ace touch. very hypnotic. they played great too. midnight juggernauts were awesome as well. also caught that first band on the valentines who i think had some great songs. i think they played a few shows with presets now but can;t find more info on them. i do think the presets should try play with lasers every show from now on. it really suited their music.

kris kris, Monday, 24 October 2005 00:34 (twelve years ago) Permalink

they bought that laser apparently after they rented it and loved it so much

glenny g2003 (glenny g2003), Monday, 24 October 2005 04:25 (twelve years ago) Permalink

seven months pass...
yeah so despite my comments upthread a bit about that one track I didn't listen to the record much after I first got it. I've gone back to it as I'm seeing them next week, though, and it's very solid I reckon. it switches pace very well.

they seem to have a fair few remixes knocking around of late too. the cut copy 'girl and the sea' is much better than the original (which I liked fine enough). not as pretty but great bassline.

lil' merzbow wow (haitch), Friday, 26 May 2006 06:05 (twelve years ago) Permalink

yes i agree about the presets remixes floating about being top shelf. that new release of down down down is amazing. the digitalism remix is fantastic as you'd expect. but even better is the one by midnight juggernauts which was banging when i played it out last night.

i think the presets best tune is i go hard, i go home. i hope they release that on 12" soon with remixes too.

benny and the jets, Sunday, 28 May 2006 15:43 (twelve years ago) Permalink

"are you the one?" has been dancefloor gold for aaaages! best bit = handclaps, I reckon.

need to hear the midnight juggernauts rmx, stat.

etc, Sunday, 28 May 2006 23:28 (twelve years ago) Permalink

OK, went & listened to the DDD vinyl on my lunchbreak - midnight juggernauts rmx = way more pleasant that I would've expected from them (ie not justizzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz-esque), but needs to be edited pretty severely for dancefloor functionality!

etc, Monday, 29 May 2006 03:45 (twelve years ago) Permalink

yes I do the handclaps to 'are you the one'! there is a 'club edit' on the 12" which alas I still haven't heard due to my turntable being outta commission (along with simian mob disco and van she (roffle) mixes).

lil' merzbow wow (haitch), Monday, 29 May 2006 05:14 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Only heard the Digitalism remix of Down Down Down so far. It's silly of me but I was disappointed they didn't leave the plink-plink-plink single-finger keyboard line in. That's the best part of the song!

Also, Midnight Juggernauts badly need to release an album if "Raised by Wolves" is any indication. AYEEOOOWWW etc.

Telephonething (Telephonething), Monday, 29 May 2006 05:31 (twelve years ago) Permalink

the MJs new-ish single '45 and rising' is pretty hot.

lil' merzbow wow (haitch), Monday, 29 May 2006 05:35 (twelve years ago) Permalink

dunno how anyone could be suprised that the crowd at a modular band gig would be 'fashion show after party'...that whole scene is populated by zoolanders obsessed by clothing labels

grapple (grapple), Monday, 29 May 2006 05:39 (twelve years ago) Permalink

yeah, but said show was in NOO ZULLUND - only reason that crowd was there was due to it being nz fashion week.

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yes I do the handclaps to 'are you the one'! there is a 'club edit' on the 12" which alas I still haven't heard due to my turntable being outta commission (along with simian mob disco and van she (roffle) mixes).

-- lil' merzbow wow (birthday.part...), May 29th, 2006

wait, "are you the one?" 12"? if so, what/where/when/&c? would be nice to spin the original or a bonus beats/extended mix . . .

etc, Monday, 29 May 2006 05:50 (twelve years ago) Permalink

oh right - they actually were a fashion show after party....in australia they just look like they are

grapple (grapple), Monday, 29 May 2006 05:54 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Juggernauts have just released second EP, don't rush 'em into an album when you've still got seven songs and remixes to catch up on!

kit brash (kit brash), Monday, 29 May 2006 06:48 (twelve years ago) Permalink

here you go sk, looks like it's sold out where I got it.

lil' merzbow wow (haitch), Monday, 29 May 2006 10:26 (twelve years ago) Permalink

hey wow, thanks haitch! had no idea that existed . . . pity bout the choice of remixers on the 12", tho (& bumblebeez rmx on the 7", wtf?!?)

etc, Monday, 29 May 2006 22:14 (twelve years ago) Permalink

they killed it last thursday. crowd were really into it, I was a touch surprised actually. they finished with 'down down down' segueing into 'I go hard, I go home', which was very cowbell-tastic; the encore was a bit of a let-down after that!

new thing to have nightmares about: indie kids with glowsticks.

lil' merzbow wow (haitch), Monday, 5 June 2006 00:44 (twelve years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...
BAH. Fuck a Pitchfork.

Telephonething (Telephonething), Tuesday, 27 June 2006 18:14 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I like this album so far (listening now).

What have Pitchfork got to do with this?

Colonel Poo (Colonel Poo), Wednesday, 5 July 2006 08:56 (twelve years ago) Permalink

"hella somethin' Gwen Stefani pantwork"

haitch (haitch), Wednesday, 5 July 2006 11:04 (twelve years ago) Permalink

(lol @ vampire weekend at #48)

electricsound, Wednesday, 20 August 2008 04:43 (nine years ago) Permalink

is 'if i know you' a download only thing or is it the third single proper?

electricsound, Wednesday, 20 August 2008 04:45 (nine years ago) Permalink

I can't decide which is worse: the boy one where someone sticks their index finger inside their mouth and pokes their cheek in and out, or the girl one where they splay their fingers in front of their face and make slurping noises. I think they are as not funny as each other.

-- estela (estelaisale...), November 20th, 2005.

http://www.thevine.com.au/resources/IMGDETAIL/160808023038_vansheLP.jpg

haitch, Wednesday, 20 August 2008 04:56 (nine years ago) Permalink

they're all class

electricsound, Wednesday, 20 August 2008 04:58 (nine years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

still better than cut copy

Minister for Compression Issues (electricsound), Tuesday, 16 December 2008 23:37 (nine years ago) Permalink

they're about lineball. different moods!

Not in top 100,000 (haitch), Wednesday, 17 December 2008 00:36 (nine years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

I'm a slow dumbarse, these guys fuckin rock. You could play "this boy's in love" in a goth club and no one'd blink. Hahah maybe thats a bad thing, I dont know, but yeah I like this album. Lots of 80s influence variety.

Trayce, Thursday, 22 January 2009 10:33 (nine years ago) Permalink

I still prefer Midnight Juggernauts over these guys, but then I love the Electric Light Orchestra too...

Live from the Witch Trials (SeekAltRoute), Thursday, 22 January 2009 11:38 (nine years ago) Permalink

I'm well pleased the Aus electronic scene has developed some decent stuff in the last few years, its about bloody time. Not since Sev Heads have we had something worth getting into, what withthese guys, Cut Copy, Juggernauts, Van She etc.

Trayce, Thursday, 22 January 2009 22:29 (nine years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

If I know you is top five awesome. Rest of album is sucky electrodribble.

Plaxico (I know, right?), Friday, 13 March 2009 01:20 (nine years ago) Permalink

100% agree with the former, the latter not necessarily quite so much

w/ sax (electricsound), Friday, 13 March 2009 01:34 (nine years ago) Permalink

There's that one song that gave me a fright because of where that girl's voice is in the mix that makes you think someone has just crept up on you.

Plaxico (I know, right?), Friday, 13 March 2009 01:37 (nine years ago) Permalink

Just such a loser for those hypercamp Moyet vocals.

Plaxico (I know, right?), Friday, 13 March 2009 10:37 (nine years ago) Permalink

i played an austrailian wedding the other day and the (totally fun for once, but still) wedding crew were like "oh, you have the presets?!?!? play that one!" which made me think that these guys must be massively popular in austrailia. cause weddings are like my musical barometer of total middle-of-the-roadnesss. so these guys are basically pop stars in sydney?

messiahwannabe, Friday, 13 March 2009 14:05 (nine years ago) Permalink

this kinda stuff is always huge in Australia though, right? List me some more Reaganomic synth-fop with bloated, swishtastic vocals plz. The more airbrushed and flamboyant the better!

Plaxico (I know, right?), Friday, 13 March 2009 15:05 (nine years ago) Permalink

three years pass...

pacifica is out. not heard yet but reviews are effusive so far.

* The "no hands" rule can be compared to socialist tax policies (Autumn Almanac), Monday, 10 September 2012 06:44 (five years ago) Permalink

listening to this on Spotify right now; I'm 45 seconds in and this is basically exactly my type of shit, hitting a bunch of Apoptgyma Berzerk buttons

wtf where's my chapbook (DJP), Monday, 17 September 2012 17:21 (five years ago) Permalink

basically the rest of the album could be terrible and I would still call it a win for "Youth In Trouble"

wtf where's my chapbook (DJP), Monday, 17 September 2012 17:26 (five years ago) Permalink

"Ghosts" is kind of sea shanty...? This is fucking great

wtf where's my chapbook (DJP), Monday, 17 September 2012 17:28 (five years ago) Permalink

pacifica is out. not heard yet but reviews are effusive so far.

― * The "no hands" rule can be compared to socialist tax policies (Autumn Almanac)

I'm so far behind what's been happening in Aussie music after being in Europe for a year; NZ is confusing enough. Are they likely to chart as well as they did last time around, or is their less Daniel Johns-affiliated stuff boosting it?

etc, Tuesday, 18 September 2012 01:32 (five years ago) Permalink

...boosting what?

┐(´ー`)┌ (sic), Tuesday, 18 September 2012 01:33 (five years ago) Permalink

only #3 :(

upset and upsetting (electricsound), Tuesday, 18 September 2012 01:36 (five years ago) Permalink

That was a slightly mangled sentence, sorry. From what I remember, didn't their last album's crossover nature happen due to Daniel Johns being involved / one of the Presets writing a big song for Silverchair and touring w/him, or something? I wasn't sure if they'd still have the same profile without the association w/Johns.

etc, Tuesday, 18 September 2012 13:51 (five years ago) Permalink

"Ghosts" is one of my favorite things I've heard this year, which is kind of weird

wtf where's my chapbook (DJP), Tuesday, 18 September 2012 14:49 (five years ago) Permalink

My reaction to this album is every time they veer away from more straightforward synth pop, they hit my buttons and I love it. The more conventional songs fall flat in comparison; I don't dislike them but they don't stand out to me.

wtf where's my chapbook (DJP), Tuesday, 18 September 2012 15:02 (five years ago) Permalink

"Ghosts" is amazing. I've only had time to listen to the album once, but it seems great.

LeRooLeRoo, Tuesday, 18 September 2012 15:13 (five years ago) Permalink

didn't their last album's crossover nature happen due to Daniel Johns being involved / one of the Presets writing a big song for Silverchair and touring w/him, or something?

nah, 'apocalypso' was one of the biggest australian albums of recent years on its own terms, 'my people' was just the perfect abrasive anthem for that point in 2008 when the one love club and the melbourne DIY electrohouse cottage industry was at its peak commercially.

did johns end up being the singer of the chorus for 'this boy's in love'? he did cameo (and was credited) on earlier stuff.

might have to pick up the new one on thursday.

the ghost of 29 unicycles (haitch), Tuesday, 18 September 2012 15:30 (five years ago) Permalink

yeah Apocalypso blew up v organically on its own and devoid of Johns associations

(Johns played guitar on some of their first EP and both Presets were in the live band of The Dissociatives and Hamilton wrote Straight Lines, but that probably paid for part of his house more than it actually brought any crossover fans whatsoever. MMM's not putting them on the A playlist, you know?)

┐(´ー`)┌ (sic), Tuesday, 18 September 2012 18:27 (five years ago) Permalink

Yeah The Presets were basically inescapable on mainstream radio in 2008/2009.

Tim F, Tuesday, 18 September 2012 20:44 (five years ago) Permalink

and Hamilton wrote Straight Lines

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

* The "no hands" rule can be compared to socialist tax policies (Autumn Almanac), Tuesday, 18 September 2012 20:55 (five years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

whilst this album has nothing at the "if i know you" level of amazingness it is probably their best record otherwise.

bansplain (electricsound), Friday, 19 October 2012 12:08 (five years ago) Permalink

fave bits so far:

- the forward-reverse-forward-reverse-forward-reverse sequence of the chorus of 'promises'

- the fact that 'a.o.' paints sydney more accurately than anything else I've ever read or heard

- the whole sentiment of 'fall'

turn left onto bisexual woman (Autumn Almanac), Sunday, 21 October 2012 04:16 (five years ago) Permalink

Seing them live tonight!

LeRooLeRoo, Sunday, 21 October 2012 20:59 (five years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

(needs chrome)

Autumn Almanac, Saturday, 2 August 2014 00:14 (four years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

i actually really like this lot.

the mix of hard beats with nitzer ebb styled with shouty vocals, and lush electronica pop hits a lot of my sweet spots.

t/s :- aus electro : midnight juggernauts vs cut copy vs van she vs the presets

i would guess a max of 3 votes should such a poll ever be put in place.

mark e, Thursday, 23 October 2014 18:18 (three years ago) Permalink

Cut Copy > The Presets > Midnight Juggernauts > Van She

LeRooLeRoo, Thursday, 23 October 2014 18:33 (three years ago) Permalink

Cut Copy >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Midnight Juggernauts > The Presets >>>>>>>> Van She

boxedjoy, Thursday, 23 October 2014 20:41 (three years ago) Permalink

haha.

expected such responses.

and i almost go with boxedjoys rundown but with less of the '>>' between cut copy and midnight juggernauts as i happen to think the first 2 MJ albums are perfect examples of how to update ELO with modern technology toys.

mark e, Thursday, 23 October 2014 20:44 (three years ago) Permalink

That new Nicky Van She thing is horrifying, a dead-eyed evocation to fun and release that just comes off as empty, desperate - a zombie chant of ill-convincing "life". ..."Liiiiiiife..."

Starland Vocal Gland (sic), Thursday, 23 October 2014 21:02 (three years ago) Permalink

I loved the first Midnight Juggernaut's album but I went to see them live soon after and it was very much Big Rock Music and it put me off them to the point where I only managed a cursory listen to the follow up and neglected the third. Their frontman released a good EP under the name Turkish Prison earlier this year though which I really liked.

boxedjoy, Thursday, 23 October 2014 21:23 (three years ago) Permalink

not heard any of the solo projects as mentioned.

when a band starts to break into disparate solo projects then the end is well and truly nigh.

(the 2nd MJ album is full on ELO meets new toys .. never heard the 3rd ... )

mark e, Thursday, 23 October 2014 21:26 (three years ago) Permalink

KIM's solo career has always been a v functional side product to The Presets.

and Van She only ever had one good song and were tedious as heck live anyway, but Nick's Daft Punk cover, back when VS were a thing, was both excellent and a harbinger of nothing.

Starland Vocal Gland (sic), Thursday, 23 October 2014 21:54 (three years ago) Permalink

Van She put out a couple of decent enough pop singles 2 years ago. I haven't kept up with midnight juggernauts since, like, "road to recovery"

Still like most of the biggest Presets hits but find the dude's voice fairly grating. Cut Copy are one of my favourite local groups ever.

Also, lol at Muscles posting upthread! Whatever happened to that guy.

uxorious gazumping (monotony), Thursday, 23 October 2014 22:40 (three years ago) Permalink

did not deal well with his elevation from message-board troll to pop star, melted down at his label, made up, faded away

Starland Vocal Gland (sic), Thursday, 23 October 2014 23:09 (three years ago) Permalink

blimey, seems to be a lot of detail that i am clearly not aware of this side of the planet

mark e, Thursday, 23 October 2014 23:12 (three years ago) Permalink

three years pass...

these new ones are really brash and ugly and dumb, I love this

boxedjoy, Friday, 11 May 2018 13:06 (three months ago) Permalink

whoa, I like Downtown Shutdown better than anything they've done since Pretty Little Eyes

chilis=lyrics...hypocrits (sic), Friday, 11 May 2018 22:05 (three months ago) Permalink

we'll be hearing it in shoe shops for decades to come

these new ones are really brash and ugly and dumb, I love this

― boxedjoy, Friday, 11 May 2018 23:06 (yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

and the album's called hi-viz! it seems they're going hard at the mainstream, which is just fine if the rest of the album is anything like these

karl wallogina (Autumn Almanac), Friday, 11 May 2018 22:10 (three months ago) Permalink


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