Klaxons want you to put down your keyboards and pick up guitars
Klaxons return with 'Flashover' a back to basics rock album...I think...
Three years ago Klaxons blew-up, they did have a genuine affect on pop culture. You can't deny that. Their debut album 'Myths of the Near Future' won a Mercury Music Prize and a whole host of clones followed shortly thereafter.
Well people Klaxons are back. Only, they're not Nu-Raving any more. They've dropped the synths and have replaced them with...guitars! With what? GUITARS! Dropping their niche to shake free of the stereotypes they were unfortunately loaded with first time around? Turning their backs on the very thing that made them so popular? Perhaps. Or, way more accurately "a new back to basics rock approach" I should have just reprinted the press release. That line is pretty clear. Klaxons are doing it for us, they're trying to "inspire kids to pick up guitars". Kids, pick up Math books, you're being woefully mislead.
There is though, the potential that this new Klaxons material will still be good. More than a possibility in fact, a likelihood, because they are actually a pretty good band all things considered. Also the idea of Klaxons with guitars produced by Ross Robinson (Slipknot, The Cure) would perk the interest of even the most cynical. No? “We were an art project that got out of hand,” says bassist Jamie Reynolds “but now we are a band.”
Back to the press release for info on their new single 'Flashover' which I am assured, debuts at 8PM on their website www.klaxons.net today, at the moment it's just a countdown and a chrome spinning Egyptian character of some kind. "A game-changing album dripping with sonic and cultural ambition, but still heavy on the flashes of pop genius that we all know and love Klaxons for. Ranging from guitar muscle assault to deceptively delicate melodies, the epic 5 minute opus Flashover encapsulates the album as a musical whole and is both a bold statement of intent and a tantalising taster of what’s still to come." Well that's cleared it up?
Klaxons go live again as of next month. Catch them at the following dates...
15th June - Paris Nouveau Casino
13th July - Glasgow king Tuts
14th July – Manchester Ruby Lounge
27th July – London Village Underground