The musical landscape has changed dramatically in the three years since Klaxons tore indie-dance a new one with their brand of hedonistic neon electronica. Now they have the chance to prove it wasn’t just a case of right place right time with their sophomore album Surfing the Void.
While first album Myths Of The Near Future was an accomplished musical piece, Klaxons still run the risk of slipping on that dated nu-rave banana skin. Fortunately, three years of touring and writing have helped mature the band, and with famed American producer Ross Robinson – responsible for At The Drive In’s Relationship Of Command and The Cure’s eponymous album – at the helm, it is likely Surfing The Void will be a deserved celebration of Klaxons’ diverse style.
Lead single "Echoes" offers a exemplary surge of Jamie Reynolds’ emotive vocals while the rest of the band potter about in the middle of some desert dressed as Aladin. In the end the instruments burst into flames but this fails to phase the band who are clearly more concerned about how they’re going to get home. Regardless of the otherworldly video, the band make their intentions clear – they are ready to take back the scene they helped create three years ago.
In support of the new album Klaxons have a series of festival and tour dates across the world, where crowds will be witness to their famed stage presence and incendiary enthusiasm. Hugh Morris