French electro-pop duo Justice is the unofficial start to Moogfest: the band’s American tour brings them to the U.S. Cellular Center on Thursday, Oct. 25. And while the show isn’t part of the Moogfest lineup, festival attendees did have first dibs on pre-sale tickets.
Gaspard Augé and Xavier de Rosnay gained recognition back in ‘03 when they entered their remix of “Never Be Alone” by Simian in a college radio contest. Even before Justice’s ‘07 debut, †, was released, they’d won a best video accolade at the ‘06 MTV Europe Music Awards.
Though remixing is largely the band forté (live album, Across the Universe, contains samples of songs or remixes on each track), Justice approaches shows with a rock ‘n’ roll aesthetic and, with the addition of rock instruments, has been moving away from the electronic sound.
Last year’s release, Audio, Video, Disco, was summed up by critics as the French duo’s attempt at ‘70s arena rock. Those screaming metal guitars and pummeling drums find their way onto the recently released video for “New Lands” (with its futuristic football/baseball/lacrosse/ roller derby/played-with-an-atomic-fireball mashup), off Justice’s EP of the same name. In true Justice style, the EP is five versions (three are remixes) of the same song.
Show time is 8 p.m., tickets are $47.65 including fees. ticketmaster.com.