by Dave Harrison
French electro-pop music, why must you tease us so?
It seems that Justice — who may be best known to many on this side of the pond for their song “D.A.N.C.E.,” which beat out Kanye West for an MTV Europe award last year and thus caused one of his high-profile tantrums — have taken yet another note from their forebears Daft Punk and are planning to take a break from the spotlight and the studio for an unspecified amount of time.
However, all is not lost for Justice fans, as Gaspard Auge and Xavier de Rosnay, who make up the duo, promise some musical surprises in their upcoming tour documentary, “A Cross the Universe,” which premiered at the Nike Sportswear Gallery in Hollywood on Halloween night.
“[The film] is a documentary and a live recording. The live recording is the show that we used to play when we toured in March, and it’s totally different from the album,” de Rosnay said. “All of the songs always have, like, one element of what’s on the album, but the rest is completely different.”
However, Justice fans will have to wait patiently for a new album.
“We are just about to quit touring, and we worked on the documentary so we didn’t have time to make anything new now, but I think we’re going to start with that soon,” de Rosnay said. However, in regard to some false rumors that Justice would produce the follow-up to the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Stadium Arcadium, Auge and de Rosnay admitted they wouldn’t mind taking a seat behind the board for somebody else’s album before they work on their own.
“We’d love to do that. And actually [producing] is a thing we’d like to do before making a new album,” de Rosnay said. “We would like either to produce a record, or write songs with people and produce them.”
And of course, while we had Gaspard and Xavier’s captive attention, there was one last matter of business that we needed to settle: Do they prefer the name to be pronounced “Jou-steeze,” as it is in France, even here in America?
“You know why we chose that name? Because it’s a French word that is the same in English. We wanted to have a French name, you know, because we are French, but wanted everyone to understand it. So it’s ‘jou-steez’ in France, because [French people] have really bad accents and it doesn’t sound cool when they say ‘justice.’ You can say it however you want!”
“A Cross the Universe” is scheduled for release November 24.