Empire of The Sun: 'Daft Punk had a great marketing campaign, but we’ve got better songs'

Luke Jackson of Australian duo claims that 'Ice On The Dune' is a better album than 'Random Access Memories'

Empire of The Sun: 'Daft Punk had a great marketing campaign, but we’ve got better songs'

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Empire Of The Sun have hit out at Daft Punk, claiming that the French stars only sold more records because of superior marketing skills.

The Australian duo’s recent album 'Ice On The Dune' was released in June, four weeks after Daft Punk’s 'Random Access Memories' topped charts throughout the world. Speaking to NME at Sziget Festival in Budapest, Hungary, Steele explained that he thinks the songs on the Daft Punk album are not as strong as those on his own.

Empire singer Luke Steele told NME: "I was aware that Daft Punk were getting more press coverage than our record, but I wasn’t too concerned. 'Ice On The Dune' is filled with such great songs that it’ll hang around a lot longer than some of those other records that came out around the same time. They had a great marketing campaign, but we’ve got better songs.”

Steele starts a lengthy US tour next week where, as usual, he will be without bandmate Nick Littlemore. But Steele revealed Littlemore is working on Empire Of The Sun's next album and hopes that their third effort will arrive quicker than the three-year gap between their 2010 debut 'Walking On A Dream' and 'Ice On The Dune'.

Steele explained: "Nick’s doing a lot of work for the next record in the studio while I tour this one. The idea is to combine the two, so that the next record is a bit quicker. The next album will be a prequel. It’s all about when you’re a kid and you’re discovering girls, sherbet, surfing, and getting drunk. It’s those first magical adventures you take."

Empire Of The Sun played their only UK show of the year last weekend when they headlined Wilderness Festival at Cornbury Park in Oxfordshire (August 10). They play FM4 Frequency Festival in Vienna tomorrow (August 15).

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