29 Dec A brief history of JUSTICE and how they became one of the most loved dance groups of the 21st century
A week back, the French electronic duo broke their 5-year silence by dropping their new track Safe and Sound on the internet.
From mixing catchy pop singles to winning Grammy Awards, JUSTICE is no doubt one of the most loved electronic dance groups of the generation. And in the spirit of #ThrowbackThursday, here’s a quick flashback of the band over the past 14 years since their inception.
Augé and Xavier de Rosnay first met in Paris when they were in their 20s. Augé was then a member of an experimental post-rock band; and de Rosnay, a fan of hip-hop and pop.
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This probably explains how JUSTICE’s tracks are influenced by a wide array of genres – from hip hop to disco, soul to pop.
WE ARE YOUR FRIENDS
In 2003, JUSTICE remixed British band Simian’s “Never Be Alone” for a college radio station contest in Paris.
They lost the contest.
But that’s how they were discovered by Ed Banger Records.
The remix of “Never Be Alone”, eventually renamed to “We Are Your Friends”, became an instant hit in the underground club scene.
A huge part of the success can be attributed to the music video. Art-house film meets frat party, the music video has a Michael Goundry dream-like quality. This eventually bagged the best video award at MTV Europe Music Awards in 2006.
D.A.N.C.E (ING) their way to mainstream success
The track that skyrocketed JUSTICE to mainstream success is no doubt D.A.N.C.E.
Part of their debut album, †, which has been described as Daft Punk impersonating Iron Maiden; JUSTICE helped close the gap between rock and electronic music.
Citing Michael Jackson as one of their biggest influences; the song samples songs such as “Black or White”, Jackson 5’s “ABC”, and even Britney Spear’s “Me Against the Music.”
This catchy ear-worm sprawled many unofficial remixes online, and eventually made it’s way to #4 on Rolling Stone’s 100 Best Songs of 2007.
RISING FAME A CROSS THE UNIVERSE
JUSTICE continued to grow their popularity worldwide with the release of A Cross the Universe. Part-documentary, part-concert, it captures the band and their arbitrary events on their 2008 North America tour.
From sex on the tour bus to feeding aspirin to squirrels, it captures the ironic clichés of rock n’ roll tours. The most iconic scene happens in Vegas, where Gaspard marries a groupie as homage to Axl Rose.
But despite the fame and frenzy, JUSTICE is convinced that they’re “just a pair of friendly guys who make electronic music.”
AUDIO, VIDEO, DISCO
In 2011, JUSTICE released their second studio album Audio, Video, Disco, and continued to push the definitions of disco music.
“Electronic music has always been portrayed as music for the night and cities, so we were seduced by the idea of making an electronic record for the day and the countryside. It’s less repetitive, less functional,” said Xavier in an interview with The Guardian.
Critics have described the album to have a daylight disco quality; which drives back to the idea that music should be accessible and not alienating.
This is no surprise coming from the guys who said “We never made proper dance music.”
BREAKING THE SILENCE WITH SAFE AND SOUND
Just a week back, JUSTICE broke their 5-year silence by dropping their latest single, Safe and Sound, as an indication that a new album is in the works.
The sound is familiar, but not nostalgic.
With JUSTICE’s signature juxtaposition of laying children’s chorus over bass chords, it pays tribute to their earlier work. But this time, with a flawlessly engineered sound.
You can download the track from their website here.
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