A quick chat with Juggernaught

Hailing all the way from the depths of Pretoria, South Africa, Juggernaught are a quintessential example of rare and exhilarating rock music.

Avoiding the limitations of being labelled as one specific musical sub-genre, the band sees themselves as a rock band with a huge range of influences from blues, jazz, funk and metal. Since their inception, Juggernaught have performed non-stop throughout South Africa, Namibia, Mozambique and Botswana, from small local shows to huge festivals including Oppikoppi and RAMfest.

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Juggernaught released their first demo in 2007 entitled “Vol. 1”, followed shortly thereafter by 2008’s debut full-length album “Act Of Goat”. 2011 saw the band release “Brown Pleather”, a set of previously unreleased tracks including three demo versions of tracks that later appeared on their 2012 sophomore album “Bring The Meat Back”.

Considered by critics to be the band’s finest work to date, “Bring the Meat Back” saw the band seriously coming into their own. Garnering praise for their innovative and groovy style from both local scribes and their international peers as far as abroad as the Americas and Australia.

Following the 2012 album’s release, it was work as usual for the genre defying band as they went from strength to strength on the Southern African live circuit while expanding their ever-growing international fan base.

Fast forward to 2016 and you have their 3rd full length release, “Full Grown Woman”, fully self-produced and recorded, it is their dirtiest, funkiest and weirdest piece of Lumber Funk yet.

I recently had a chat to Jovan (one of the Juggernaught guitarists), this is what he had to say:

Where does the name Juggernaught come from?

Well it meant “unstoppable force’ but now means “fat woman in tight clothing”, so it’s pretty apt now while before it wasn’t.

What can music fans expect from “Full Grown Woman” ?

Miff dreams. It’s weird, funky, dirty and irreverent.

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What is the funniest thing that’s ever happened to you during a set?

We try our level best not to have fun, but there was this one time our bassist died, oh how we laughed.

What can music fans expect from you in the last few months of 2016?

We took so long to do “Full Grown Woman”, so we probably should start writing again.

I’d like to thank Jovan and Juggernaught for this interview. I wish them all of the best of their musical endeavors.

In case you’re not familiar with the band, crank up the title track off their 2012 album below:

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Henno Kruger
Blogger, Desktop Activist, Twitter / Facebook Addict, Music Festival Addict, Avid lover of South African music, Founder and owner of Running Wolf's Rant and co-founder of SA Music Zone

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