Currently on an endless world tour, Andy and Dan were relaxed and cracking jokes, albeit a little bit worn out at Shoreditch venue Camp, saying it feels like they’ll be on the road forever.
“I’m quitting,” Andy jokes. “Dan and Vin [singer] are going to become a two-piece.”
“We’ll just get a hologram of Andy and he’ll write all the music and we’ll become robots,” Dan agrees.
“We’ve been on a tour bus leaving a country and then waking up in another country,” he continues. “I find myself not being able to remember what we did last week. I’m serious!”
It’s once the band are on stage that the stress of their gruelling schedule takes its toll.
“We fight on stage. It’s actually quite serious,” Andy laughs. “People are quite scared, like freaked out when they’ve seen that we’re literally like telling each other to f**k off. If one of us thinks that the other one isn’t putting enough energy in they start screaming.”
But not to worry, Dan reassures, in between tapping his drum sticks incessantly on the table, the glasses, the chair: “It’s all love”.
Midnight Juggernauts have found themselves in some pretty far flung places, from Moscow to China, middle America and everywhere in between, but an Aussie accent is never far away.
“You play in London and there are heaps of [expats]… There’ll be random Australians that turn up to shows. It’s always funny when you see an Australian that’s in some remote part of Belgium or something.”
The band spends a lot of time here in London – recording, playing and of course sampling the city’s gastronomic delights.
“Our favourite thing to do in London is usually getting a bagel from Brick Lane, but that only happens at like 5am,” says Andy.
“That mustard beef, oh my god, it’s amazing,” moans Dan. “It’s like heaven.”
Forming in 2004, Midnight Juggernauts released their second LP The Crystal Axis in May to critical acclaim and a #20 spot on the Aussie album charts. They’ve also been dabbling in an unlikely musical pairing with Beyoncé’s little sister Solange.
“I’m not sure what that is,” Andy ponders. “It’s like an ongoing thing.”
“The first time we met Solange was in Paris at the fashion week show. We were sitting in the front row next to Usher, Kelly Rowland and Solange,” Dan says, clearly shocked by the circumstances. Unfortunately they are yet to meet Solange’s famous sister Beyoncé or her husband, according to Andy.
“We haven’t met Jay-Z but we have been kicked out of his bar.”
Right now the band is receiving plenty of worldwide hype, not only for their music but for their ground-breaking new video for the single ‘Lara vs the Savage Pack’. In the early days the boys were known for the conceptualisation and production of their own music videos and album artwork. These days due to the obvious time constraints they enlisted the help of some creative minded friends.
The exasperation in Dan’s voice is clear as memories of the gruelling six month video production come flooding back.
“It happened all on my kitchen table. My friend Lucy, who directed it with this other girl Beatrice, started filming that clip in April and it took until a couple of weeks ago to finish.
“We filmed the whole thing in stop-motion, so us like moving a centimetre and then taking a picture. And then we decided, stupidly, to reshoot the whole thing on paper. So we printed out over 2000 pieces of paper, which I have all in my house. And then my friends sat there crumpling them up centimetre by centimetre with a camera on a tripod on my table for weeks!” Dan exclaims.
“I’d be going and getting them lunch and giving them massages. It took them like six months of working around the clock. The last two months they weren’t sleeping.”
Midnight Juggernauts play at Roundhouse in London on Nov 12. The event has sold out.