Ring the alarm, The Klaxons are coming.
Almost a great example of onomatopoeia, just the mention of the name The Klaxons gives the listener a good idea of what is to become. The sound of trouble and confusion, of potential riots and good times, the sound of the streets is what springs readily with that moniker and there's little here that deviates from that description. They may be getting the focus from the NME at the moment, but make no mistake, The Klaxons would be happening at the moment even without that magazine's intervention, plenty of other magazines and sites have praised them over the summer, but don't have enough mass appeal as the NME does. So it's a helping hand for The Klaxons but one they are fully deserving of.
In 'From Atlantis To Interzone', The Klaxons have one of the singles of the year and yet they feel fit to play it as early as second in their set. It's a revelation, setting the crowd off to their maddest level yet, every handclap and excited skip echoing around the arches as the band revel in the chaos they've created. As a track it's a glorious mishmash of ideas and volleys, all held together by not very much it seems but it just comes across as a life-affirming piece of joy and thankfully, the live version lived up to its reputation.
Playing such a known hit so early in their set is either sheer folly or a sign of confidence in all their material and it was the latter that proved the case. Clearly the band has confidence, they are young, in their prime and evidently enjoying the opportunities they are being afforded, obviously the NME and high-brow media may be looking to attribute this to copious amounts of MDMA and other society ruining habits but the songs up their sleeves would be enough to propel them on further.
'Gravity's Rainbow' is another single and its high pitched vocals and pulsating energy ensured another track was met with pumping fists and strange dancing. It's easy to forget that there is no album yet and when the set contains two covers (old skool raver 'The Bouncer' and 'Not Over Yet' by Grace) but still manages to have a cohesive sound of their own making, then The Klaxons are doing alright. Who knows, in 12 months we may look back on this time and treat it with the same respect Britpop gets now (ha!) but The Klaxons appear to have the songs that should see them alright.
Next single 'Magick' featured more of the same from the band, time changes, high vocals and a complete feeling of frenzied rushing from start to finish, and even with some of the sound appearing a bit muted, it wormed its way around the crowd who were fully won over by The Klaxons, and its likely you'll be hearing a lot more of this band in the future.