by John Lockett
Justice exploded onto the scene in 2003 with their Simian remix “We are Your Friends,” solidified themselves as electro-rock gods comparable to Daft Punk after their debut album “†” was released in 2007, then vanished from the radar, a flash of brilliance with the staying power of a spark.
Xavier de Rosnay and Gaspard Augé, the French duo behind the band, rode the success of their first album for nearly two years. They released a live album and documentary dubbed “A Cross the Universe,” at the end of 2008 that captured the raw, unbridled energy of their sets and their rock-n-roll lifestyle.
Their songs, which rattled the foundations of nightclubs around the world, were catchy while being difficult to listen to.The purely electronic tracks possessed a certain finesse while being somewhat unrefined. They were obviously inspired by the forefathers of the genre, Daft Punk, but the tunes turned out by Justice were fueled by energy that could hardly be contained by any speaker system.
Then there was nothing.
After touring for a few years and releasing a couple remixes, the highly anticipated follow up album never surfaced. There was speculation that Justice was going to produce a Red Hot Chili Peppers record, but that rumor never came to life. As the ongoing tides of music continued its brutal cycle, Justice seemed to fade away.
Then there was light.
It may have only been a flicker of light, but something was happening. On March 11, Justice posted a cryptic picture on their Facebook page, the only web presence they have. The spark set off so many years ago burst into a wildfire of excitement and anticipation. Fans echoed the enthusiasm of Antoine Clips who commented “OH MY F—– GOD.”
Following the epic post of a toppled-over stone cross glowing in a desert, Justice made an announcement:
THE BEATING OF A MILLION DRUMS
THE FIRE OF A MILLION GUNS
THE MOTHER OF A MILLION SONS
…First single of Justice’s upcoming album
They were back.
Soon after, Adidas released a commercial featuring the new single. The advert was directed by their old cohort Romain Gavras who directed “A Cross the Universe” and the music videos for “Stress” and M.I.A.’s “Born Free.” Katy Perry and B.O.B make appearances as the track beats onward through Gavras’ trademark grittiness.
“Civilization” is everything you’d want from Justice. It ‘s guttural. Heavy. A song you can definitely bang your head to. But it’s nothing really different. Their signature overdrive and disco influences are still there with a few flashes of new sounds. Still, it’s what we want to hear. It’s what we’ve been waiting for.
For now, their new album remains a mystery. “Civilization” will be released April 4 and is available on Youtube . Until then, brace yourself. Once Justice unleashes the floodgates, get ready to D.A.N.C.E.
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