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More DJs to Dance About

By Lizz Kannenberg in Arts & Entertainment on May 18, 2007 2:00PM

After touring the world for the past year in support of their breakout album Witching Hour, the members of U.K. dance-rock heavies Ladytron prove there's no rest for the wicked.

ladytron_img_01.jpgThe group's DJs, Reuben Wu and Mira Aroyo, are currently traipsing the U.S. under the Filter mag and Microsoft Zune banners, and Chicagoist was fortunate enough to snag Reuben for a few questions.

Chicagoist: This tour is co-sponsored by Zune … do you happen to own a Zune? Or can you not answer that one?

Reuben Wu: I have an iPod at the moment. We’re meant to be getting a Zune from Microsoft, but they haven’t turned up yet!

C: You’ve described the sets on this tour as "a mixture of rocky-dance, dancey-rock and several shades of in-between." Would that be an accurate description of the forthcoming album as well?

RW: No, the album is more ‘docky-rance, rancey-dock’ kinda vibe. In a few years everyone will be doing it….

C: You play a lot of international dates … any interesting tour stories from foreign lands?

RW: A former bass-player downed a bottle of vodka and fell down a fortress rampart after a gig in Serbia, breaking his foot. I ended up having to get up at 6a.m. to retrieve him from a large Trabant-driving male nurse demanding money for his treatment. Then I had to give the poor sod a fireman’s lift up 3 flights of stairs and put him to bed … oh, and then there’s the other one about our other ex-bass player in a Playboy Club in Bulgaria, but that’s another story….

C: Is there anything that you like to do in Chicago when you’re here? Have a favorite restaurant/bar/venue/store?

RW: I hope the cicadas come out when we’re in Chicago. Oh, that and going to Uncle Fun’s Joke Shop.

C: OK, time for Chicagoist Word Association — what do you think of when you hear these Chicago-y trigger words? Barack Obama.

RW: Is he a terrorist? (I’m joking!)

C: Foie gras.

RW: That’s what drunk people in Liverpool shout when they see an attractive young lady.

C: Lollapalooza.

RW: When do we get to play it live?

Reuben Wu and Mira Aroya of Ladytron spin at Darkroom tonight at 9 p.m., and there's a $15 cover.