Super-fans, you’d better start booking your flights. Daft Punk is unveiling their new album, “Random Access Memories,” in the tiny town of Wee Waa, New South Wales, Australia on May 17.
According to Australian web site MusicFeeds, the french electronic duo was “down” because of the large array of satellites located near the small town.
With their futuristic helmets and albums titled, “Discovery” and “Human After All,” Daft Punk has always had a thing for space and exploration. So the explanation kind of makes sense, until you realize that the album is being unveiled at the 79th annual Wee Waa Show. It features such events as a clown troupe, pickup truck gathering, equine competitions and a baby show, none of which are intergalactic.
As Pitchfork noted, Wee Wah’s population is under 2,100. That’s not really a problem for a group as popular as Daft Punk. There will be interest in the two-time Grammy winner’s music no matter how or where it’s released.
But the real reasoning behind the unveiling likely has nothing to do with satellites, horse jumping or even Australia. No matter how stupid this idea is, people will still flock to a livestock-friendly show in rural Australia to experience the group’s iconic sound — and Daft Punk knows it.
Probing outer space might be the excuse, but but what’s more likely is Daft Punk wants to explore the limits of the fans’ devotion.
Tickets for the event, which number 4,000, can be purchased from the Crossing Theatre web site starting Friday. Listen below to the 30 seconds of new Daft Punk that’s been revealed so far:
Nic Turiciano is a writer and photographer in Fort Collins who is also an intern at the Denver Post. You can follow him on Twitter at @nic_turishawno or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.