Midnight Juggernauts have revealed details of their Soviet-flavoured video experiment for their latest single while announcing a couple of east coast shows to promote the song in question. Battle Of The War Machine is the first track to be lifted from the band’s forthcoming third album, due for release in the middle of the year. It’s the follow up to their 2010 sophomore record The Crystal Axis.
The video for the track was described as a “surrealist video shot on the streets of Moscow” and, until being officially unveiled today, had been living diverse secret lives online. In previous weeks, the band covertly leaked various untitled versions of this clip under different guises. Presented as an eccentric Russian art-pop band performing on a Soviet state-run music program from 30 years ago, the videos were spread widely across various blogs, websites and discussion boards everywhere from Moscow to Montevideo.
And as for the public reaction? Well, according to the band, many non-Russians believed it must be a long-lost soviet pop band rediscovered from behind the iron curtain. Many Russians felt that the lack of Russian accent revealed it to be a foreign band touring Moscow at the time while others wondered why the army would allow members with such facial hair. Make up your own mind – you can watch the promo video below.
The band will play three dates along the east coast as part of their Battle Of The War Machine tour, hitting clubs in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne in late April. As well as a local support in each city, YesYou will open for the band on all three dates. The shows will take place just before Midnight Juggernauts join Groovin’ The Moo, the regional touring festival headlined by The Kooks, Tame Impala, The Temper Trap and Flume.
Watch: Midnight Juggernauts – Battle Of The War Machine
Midnight Juggernauts – Battle of the War Machine Tour
Friday, 19th April
The Zoo, Brisbane
Saturday, 20th April
Oxford Art Factory, Sydney
Wednesday, 24th April
The Corner Hotel, Melbourne