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Daft Punk Shocks Coachella With Surprise ‘Random Access Memories’ Video

"We were drawing a parallel between the brain and the hard drive."
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Revered dance duo Daft Punk continued their shock-and-awe promotional campaign for the band’s wildly anticipated fourth studio album Random Access Memories by debuting a music video teaser on the large screens flanking the main stage of the Coachella music festival.

Just moments before New York art-rockers Yeah Yeah Yeahs took the stage, fans were shocked and delighted to see Daft Punk’s distinctive logo appear on the projection screens, followed by an extended clip from the new song, “Get Lucky.” Already notorious for being the song loop used in the first Random Access Memories TV commercials that debuted during Saturday Night Live, the Coachella video revealed even more of the tune, with N*E*R*D frontman/Neptunes producer Pharrell Williams on lead vocals and studio legend Nile Rodgers of disco pioneers CHIC on guitar, with the robots (Thomas Bangalter and Guy Manuel de Homem-Christo) on drums and bass.

According to Rolling Stone, the members of Daft Punk were at Coachella with Pharrell Williams and watched the fans wild reactions from the side of the main stage. In an interview today with Phoenix, Stryker asked the band if they’d spoken.
“We were drawing a parallel between the brain and the hard drive – the random way that memories are stored,” Bangalter said in regards to the new album title.

“Electronic music right now is in its comfort zone and it’s not moving one inch,” he continued in regards to the current EDM explosion in America, and why Daft Punk chose to eschew samples to use live musicians on the new album. “That’s not what artists are supposed to do.” He adds that the genre is suffering “an identity crisis: You hear a song, whose track is it? There’s no signature. Skrillex has been successful because he has a recognizable sound: You hear a dubstep song, even if it’s not him, you think it’s him.”

-Scott T. Sterling, CBS Radio

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