I remember being thoroughly unimpressed when I first saw Klaxons, years ago at some free Vice party on the outskirts of Amsterdam. Then came “Atlantis to Interzone”, the exhilarating 2006 single that somehow put something called “new rave” on the map. Bands, please watch what you say during interviews, it may haunt you for years to come. There wasn’t much rave, really, in Klaxons’ oftentimes quite psychedelic rock music, but it didn’t keep masses of young fans from throwing glowsticks at the band non stop, which was what happened next time I saw them play. And, oh yeah, they also won the Mercury Prize for their debut album, Myths of the Near Future (2007).
The pressure! In fact, the Londoners scrapped a whole album’s worth of recording in early 2009. According to the Sun tabloid, they had been “forced to re-record” it “after horrified label bosses deemed it too experimental.” And where some bands would insist on their artistic freedom, singer Jamie Reynolds relented. “We’ve made a really heavy record and it isn’t the right thing for us,” he commented. “I understand and know that. First and foremost, we’re a pop band. I haven’t thought about that for a long time, and now it’s in the forefront of my mind.”
So! Now! Klaxons are back! With quite a heavy record, actually. In fact, “Flashover”, #nowplaying on 22tracks’ rock playlist, was produced by Ross Robinson, famed for his work with nu-metal giants Korn and Slipknot (as well as much cooler records by Amen and At The Drive-In). The band have actually finished a second album, called Surfing the Void. As Reynolds sings in “Flashover”: Imagination’s opening, inviting us aboard. Let’s re-join him.
Atlantis to Glastonbury: