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For the electromechanical device, see klaxon. Klaxons_sentence_0

For the Belgian accordion band, see The Klaxons. Klaxons_sentence_1

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OriginKlaxons_header_cell_0_2_0 London, England, United KingdomKlaxons_cell_0_2_1
GenresKlaxons_header_cell_0_3_0 Klaxons_cell_0_3_1
Years activeKlaxons_header_cell_0_4_0 2005–2015Klaxons_cell_0_4_1
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WebsiteKlaxons_header_cell_0_6_0 Klaxons_cell_0_6_1
MembersKlaxons_header_cell_0_8_0 Klaxons_cell_0_8_1
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Klaxons were an English band, based in London. Klaxons_sentence_2

Following the release of several 7-inch singles on different independent record labels, as well as the success of previous singles "Magick" and "Golden Skans", the band released their debut album, Myths of the Near Future on 29 January 2007. Klaxons_sentence_3

The album won the 2007 Nationwide Mercury Prize. Klaxons_sentence_4

After playing festivals and headlining tours worldwide (including the NME Indie Rave Tour) during late 2006–07, the band started working on their follow-up album in July 2007. Klaxons_sentence_5

Klaxons' second album, Surfing the Void, was released on 23 August 2010. Klaxons_sentence_6

Their third album, Love Frequency, was released on 16 June 2014. Klaxons_sentence_7

The band have been on indefinite hiatus since 2014. Klaxons_sentence_8

History Klaxons_section_0

Formation (2005–2006) Klaxons_section_1

Jamie Reynolds grew up in Bournemouth and Southampton. Klaxons_sentence_9

He dropped out of studying philosophy at Greenwich University to work in a record shop, Essential Records in Southampton, before moving to London after being made redundant. Klaxons_sentence_10

Simon Taylor-Davis and James Righton grew up in Stratford-upon-Avon, meeting at Stratford-upon-Avon High School. Klaxons_sentence_11

The trio formed in New Cross, London, after meeting through Reynolds' girlfriend. Klaxons_sentence_12

Righton had been working as a teacher at the time. Klaxons_sentence_13

James taught Simon how to play guitar, and with Reynolds' redundancy money they purchased a studio kit. Klaxons_sentence_14

They recorded and performed live under their early guise of "Klaxons (Not Centaurs)", name inspired by Filippo Tommaso Marinetti's futurism text The Futurist Manifesto and the futurist literature. Klaxons_sentence_15

Initially the band played with drummer Finnigan Kidd in 2005, until Kidd left to play with fellow New Cross band, Hatcham Social. Klaxons_sentence_16

Replacement live drummer Steffan Halperin joined in February 2006, with the band announcing him as an official member in an interview in Prefix Magazine in early 2007. Klaxons_sentence_17

He remains mostly absent from the band's music videos, appearing only in the early video "Atlantis to Interzone" and briefly in the 2007 re-release of "Gravity's Rainbow". Klaxons_sentence_18

Around this time, the band began playing under their new, shortened name of Klaxons. Klaxons_sentence_19

Myths of the Near Future (2006–2008) Klaxons_section_2

Klaxons' debut single, "Gravity's Rainbow" was released in March 2006 on Angular Records. Klaxons_sentence_20

Only 500 copies were released; all were printed on a 7-inch vinyl decorated by the band themselves. Klaxons_sentence_21

Radio 1's Steve Lamacq was the first DJ to play the band, and invited them to play a Maida Vale Studios live session on the strength of the single. Klaxons_sentence_22

The band's second single, "Atlantis to Interzone", was released on 12 June of the same year. Klaxons_sentence_23

It was their first release for independent record label Merok Records, and led to further coverage in NME magazine. Klaxons_sentence_24

The song enjoyed radio coverage from Zane Lowe and daytime airings from Jo Whiley, who repeatedly, and mistakenly, called the song "Atlantic To Interscope". Klaxons_sentence_25

Zane Lowe also wrongly credited the song as "Atlantis To Interscope". Klaxons_sentence_26

They released their first EP, Xan Valleys, on 17 October 2006. Klaxons_sentence_27

It was released on Australian record label Modular Recordings, and contained their first two singles alongside various remixes. Klaxons_sentence_28

The band played their first North American dates in New York's East Village in October 2006. Klaxons_sentence_29

The band signed to Polydor Records in August 2006, following offers from numerous different record labels. Klaxons_sentence_30

Regarding the fee amount, James Righton said that it was "absurdly off the mark", and that the band signed for considerably less on the condition they would be given their own label imprint, Rinse Records. Klaxons_sentence_31

Their first single for the label, "Magick", was released on 30 October 2006 and reached #29 in the UK Top 40 the following week. Klaxons_sentence_32

In August 2006, Klaxons played at the Reading and Leeds festivals. Klaxons_sentence_33

Fans sounded "Klaxons!" Klaxons_sentence_34

and cheered loudly between songs while brandishing glowsticks. Klaxons_sentence_35

This gave credit to the "New Rave" label, coined by Angular Records' founder Joe Daniel; later used by NME magazine to describe the scene. Klaxons_sentence_36

Also in August, the Klaxons performed an acoustic set in Ibiza Weekend for UK's BBC Radio 1 at Ibiza Rocks festival with Zane Lowe. Klaxons_sentence_37

The first single from their debut album, "Golden Skans", was released on 22 January 2007. Klaxons_sentence_38

It reached #16 in the UK Singles Chart on download sales alone, two weeks before the official release of the CD. Klaxons_sentence_39

It climbed to #14 the next week, eventually peaking at #7 after the CD release. Klaxons_sentence_40

On 24 January Klaxons performed on the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge, performing "Golden Skans" and a cover version of Justin Timberlake's "My Love". Klaxons_sentence_41

The band then released "It's Not Over Yet", a cover of a song originally by Grace. Klaxons_sentence_42

The track included the "My Love" cover as a B-side, and peaked at #13 in the UK Singles Chart. Klaxons_sentence_43

Their debut album, titled Myths of the Near Future, was released on 29 January 2007. Klaxons_sentence_44

It entered the UK Album Charts at #2, behind Norah Jones's album Not Too Late. Klaxons_sentence_45

Percussion and drumming on the album was provided by the album's producer James Ford, with live drummer Halperin recording on "Atlantis to Interzone". Klaxons_sentence_46

On 1 October 2007, the band released A Bugged Out Mix, a double album featuring 27 tracks mixed by Reynolds. Klaxons_sentence_47

Klaxons singled out a new song that has strong progressive rock influences as a guide to one possible direction the album may go in, revealed recently NME magazine. Klaxons_sentence_48

Guitarist Simon Taylor said, "We wanna make something that's bigger and softer and louder and lo-fi and heavier produced - just lots of contradictions. Klaxons_sentence_49

I think it's gonna be like the last record but swollen. Klaxons_sentence_50

We've been listening to a lot of European prog music, and dubstep, and dance and folk. Klaxons_sentence_51

A huge broad variety of things really. Klaxons_sentence_52

There's one track we've been playing in soundcheck, it's this massive prog opus." Klaxons_sentence_53

Klaxons performed with the singer Rihanna on her song "Umbrella" which had "Golden Skans" mixed into the background during the Brit Awards 2008 held in London on 20 February 2008. Klaxons_sentence_54

Klaxons won 'Best Album' at the 2008 NME Awards held at London's IndigO2 Arena on 28 February 2008. Klaxons_sentence_55

This followed having won 'Best New Band' the previous year. Klaxons_sentence_56

Klaxons also won 'Best International Album' and 'Best International Track' for "Golden Skans" at the first American NME awards, which were held in Los Angeles, California. Klaxons_sentence_57

Surfing the Void (2008–2011) Klaxons_section_3

Talk of a second album began in November 2007, during the band's UK winter tour. Klaxons_sentence_58

Influences include dubstep, dance and folk music. Klaxons_sentence_59

The band was featured on Steve Aoki's debut DJ mix album Pillowface and His Airplane Chronicles, contributing the Soulwax remix of "Gravity's Rainbow" for its release in January 2008. Klaxons_sentence_60

They made their live return with a series of gigs in Europe and South America during October 2008, debuting two new tracks, "Valley of the Calm Trees" and "Moonhead". Klaxons_sentence_61

In an interview with NME magazine in November, the band confirmed they were heading to France to record with James Ford, aiming to be completed by December for release in early 2009. Klaxons_sentence_62

The band made an appearance at Modular Records's NeverEverLand festival that toured around Australia in December 2008. Klaxons_sentence_63

At the beginning of 2009, the band played a small club show at Madame Jojo's in London, their first in the capital since the NME Big Gig the previous year. Klaxons_sentence_64

During the set, the band featured new songs "Imaginary Pleasures" and "In Silver Forest", together with the previously aired "Moonhead" and "Valley of the Calm Trees". Klaxons_sentence_65

In March 2009, it was reported that the band had been told to re-record parts of their second album, after it was rejected by label Polydor. Klaxons_sentence_66

Reynolds said "we've made a really dense, psychedelic record" and that "it isn't the right thing for us [the band]". Klaxons_sentence_67

In an interview with BBC News, Reynolds revealed that "Moonhead" and new track "Marble Fields and the Hydrolight Head of Delusion" were "probably going to make it", and that they were working with "Simian Mobile Disco production" during April–May 2009. Klaxons_sentence_68

Reynolds added that "Valley of the Calm Trees" had been retitled "The Parhelion", to reflect its lyrical content. Klaxons_sentence_69

James Ford of Simian Mobile Disco confirmed working with the band later in the year, stating in an interview with Newsbeat that they were "...trying to keep it melodic and vocal because that's one of their great strong points". Klaxons_sentence_70

On 22 May 2009, the band announced a show at Coventry's Kasbah nightclub, their only scheduled headline UK performance. Klaxons_sentence_71

The concert, to take place on 3 June, sparked rumours that the band may feature at the 2009 Glastonbury Festival. Klaxons_sentence_72

The band supported Blur at their comeback show at the Manchester Evening News Arena on 26 June, before playing a surprise set at Glastonbury the following day. Klaxons_sentence_73

The set included further new songs "Hoodoo Bora", "Future Memory" and "Echoes". Klaxons_sentence_74

In addition to Glastonbury, the band featured at numerous other festivals including Bestival, Ibiza Rocks, and headlined the Croatian Hartera festival. Klaxons_sentence_75

It was announced during November 2009 that the band were now working with producer Ross Robinson, with Robinson confirming through his Twitter account. Klaxons_sentence_76

The band stated that work with Ford had gone astray, reaching difficulties with Ford acting as both producer and drummer. Klaxons_sentence_77

Klaxons broke from recording at the end of the year to perform at Get Loaded In the Dark at Brixton Academy on 31 December 2009, featuring alongside Chase & Status and Annie Mac. Klaxons_sentence_78

Recording was completed to the satisfaction of both band and label in February 2010. Klaxons_sentence_79

The following month, it was confirmed that the band would be playing Open'er Festival in Poland as well as the Reading and Leeds Festivals in the UK. Klaxons_sentence_80

They headlined the BBC Radio 1/NME Stage. Klaxons_sentence_81

Taylor-Davies suggested Reading and Leeds would be a UK-exclusive, saying, "I think in England it's just going to be Reading and Leeds, in terms of festivals, this summer". Klaxons_sentence_82

On 25 May 2010, Zane Lowe premiered the track "Flashover" on his BBC Radio 1 show, the band's first new material in three years. Klaxons_sentence_83

Even though the track was not released as a single it was available on the band's new album, titled Surfing the Void. Klaxons_sentence_84

In support of the new album, the band announced an eight date tour of the UK and France, which took place during May–July 2010. Klaxons_sentence_85

For live performances, they were joined by Anthony Rossomando as a touring member. Klaxons_sentence_86

Their second album Surfing the Void was released on 23 August 2010, and includes the single "Echoes", which was released one week prior. Klaxons_sentence_87

In contrast to the band's debut album which sold 350,000 in the UK, Surfing the Void sold 30,000 and was to be the last release with Universal/Polydor. Klaxons_sentence_88

On 25 December 2010, the band released on their website a free EP of material that was worked on for the album in 2007-2008, entitled Landmarks of Lunacy. Klaxons_sentence_89

Love Frequency (2012–2015) Klaxons_section_4

In January 2012, Klaxons announced on their Twitter account that they were to begin recording their third album on 30 January. Klaxons_sentence_90

NME reported that the album was "expected to be released later" in the year and that the band were working with James Murphy and The Chemical Brothers. Klaxons_sentence_91

At Berlin Festival 2013 they played new songs "Children of the Sun", "Invisible Forces", "Love Frequency", "Rhythm of Life" and "New Reality" which were released on their 2014 album. Klaxons_sentence_92

The album's lead single "There is No Other Time" is a collaboration with British production duo Gorgon City, and was premiered on Zane Lowe's BBC Radio 1 show on 3 February 2014, then becoming Radio 1's Track Of The Day the following day. Klaxons_sentence_93

Along with "Children Of The Sun", produced by Tom Rowlands of The Chemical Brothers, the AA-side single was released on 30 March 2014, followed by a four-date UK tour. Klaxons_sentence_94

On 10 February, "Children Of The Sun", was premiered on Steve Lamacq's BBC Radio 6 show. Klaxons_sentence_95

"There is No Other Time" entered the UK Singles Chart at number 42. Klaxons_sentence_96

Their third album, Love Frequency, was released on 16 June 2014. Klaxons_sentence_97

It entered the UK charts at number 38. Klaxons_sentence_98

In October 2014 the band announced that their dates in the UK and Europe through October/November and Japan/South America in January 2015 would be their "last headline tour". Klaxons_sentence_99

The band's publicist was unable to confirm whether this meant the band were splitting up or not. Klaxons_sentence_100

Musical style Klaxons_section_5

The band were described as "acid-rave sci-fi punk-funk" by the NME in Tim Chester's Radar feature and were at the forefront of the New Rave movement. Klaxons_sentence_101

Generally derided by critics, Jamie Reynolds explained New Rave as something that "started as an in-joke and became a minor youth subculture". Klaxons_sentence_102

The band's Facebook page lists the band's genre as "Psychedelic / Progressive / Pop". Klaxons_sentence_103

Band members Klaxons_section_6

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  • Jamie Reynolds - bass, vocals (2005–2015)Klaxons_item_0_0
  • James Righton - keyboards, vocals (2005–2015)Klaxons_item_0_1
  • Simon Taylor-Davies - guitars (2005–2015)Klaxons_item_0_2

Touring members Klaxons_sentence_104

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  • George Latham - drums (2013-2015)Klaxons_item_1_3

Past members Klaxons_sentence_105

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  • Steffan Halperin - drums (2007-2013)Klaxons_item_2_4

Discography Klaxons_section_7

Main article: Klaxons discography Klaxons_sentence_106

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Awards and nominations Klaxons_section_8

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YearKlaxons_header_cell_1_0_0 AwardKlaxons_header_cell_1_0_1 CategoryKlaxons_header_cell_1_0_2 Nominated workKlaxons_header_cell_1_0_3 ResultKlaxons_header_cell_1_0_4
2007Klaxons_cell_1_1_0 BT Digital Music AwardsKlaxons_cell_1_1_1 Best Rock/Indie ArtistKlaxons_cell_1_1_2 Klaxons_cell_1_1_3 NominatedKlaxons_cell_1_1_4
2007Klaxons_cell_1_2_0 Q AwardsKlaxons_cell_1_2_1 Best New ActKlaxons_cell_1_2_2 Klaxons_cell_1_2_3 NominatedKlaxons_cell_1_2_4
2007Klaxons_cell_1_3_0 Mercury PrizeKlaxons_cell_1_3_1 Best AlbumKlaxons_cell_1_3_2 Myths of the Near FutureKlaxons_cell_1_3_3 WonKlaxons_cell_1_3_4
2007Klaxons_cell_1_4_0 MTV Europe Music AwardsKlaxons_cell_1_4_1 Best UK & Irish ActKlaxons_cell_1_4_2 Klaxons_cell_1_4_3 NominatedKlaxons_cell_1_4_4
2007Klaxons_cell_1_5_0 NME AwardsKlaxons_cell_1_5_1 Best New BandKlaxons_cell_1_5_2 Klaxons_cell_1_5_3 WonKlaxons_cell_1_5_4
2007Klaxons_cell_1_6_0 Vodafone Live Music AwardsKlaxons_cell_1_6_1 Live Breakthrough ActKlaxons_cell_1_6_2 Klaxons_cell_1_6_3 WonKlaxons_cell_1_6_4
2008Klaxons_cell_1_7_0 Brit AwardsKlaxons_cell_1_7_1 Best Live ActKlaxons_cell_1_7_2 Klaxons_cell_1_7_3 NominatedKlaxons_cell_1_7_4
2008Klaxons_cell_1_8_0 Brit AwardsKlaxons_cell_1_8_1 Breakthrough ActKlaxons_cell_1_8_2 Klaxons_cell_1_8_3 NominatedKlaxons_cell_1_8_4
2008Klaxons_cell_1_9_0 Ivor Novello AwardsKlaxons_cell_1_9_1 Best Contemporary SongKlaxons_cell_1_9_2 "Golden Skans"Klaxons_cell_1_9_3 WonKlaxons_cell_1_9_4
2008Klaxons_cell_1_10_0 NME AwardsKlaxons_cell_1_10_1 Best AlbumKlaxons_cell_1_10_2 Myths of the Near FutureKlaxons_cell_1_10_3 WonKlaxons_cell_1_10_4
2008Klaxons_cell_1_11_0 NME AwardsKlaxons_cell_1_11_1 Best British BandKlaxons_cell_1_11_2 Klaxons_cell_1_11_3 NominatedKlaxons_cell_1_11_4
2008Klaxons_cell_1_12_0 NME AwardsKlaxons_cell_1_12_1 Best VideoKlaxons_cell_1_12_2 "Golden Skans"Klaxons_cell_1_12_3 NominatedKlaxons_cell_1_12_4
2008Klaxons_cell_1_13_0 NME AwardsKlaxons_cell_1_13_1 Best Dancefloor FillerKlaxons_cell_1_13_2 "Atlantis to Interzone"Klaxons_cell_1_13_3 NominatedKlaxons_cell_1_13_4
2008Klaxons_cell_1_14_0 NME Awards USAKlaxons_cell_1_14_1 Best International TrackKlaxons_cell_1_14_2 "Golden Skans"Klaxons_cell_1_14_3 WonKlaxons_cell_1_14_4
2008Klaxons_cell_1_15_0 NME Awards USAKlaxons_cell_1_15_1 Best New International BandKlaxons_cell_1_15_2 Klaxons_cell_1_15_3 WonKlaxons_cell_1_15_4
2008Klaxons_cell_1_16_0 NME Awards USAKlaxons_cell_1_16_1 Best New International Live ActKlaxons_cell_1_16_2 Klaxons_cell_1_16_3 WonKlaxons_cell_1_16_4
2008Klaxons_cell_1_17_0 NME Awards USAKlaxons_cell_1_17_1 Best International AlbumKlaxons_cell_1_17_2 Myths of the Near FutureKlaxons_cell_1_17_3 NominatedKlaxons_cell_1_17_4
2010Klaxons_cell_1_18_0 Best Art VinylKlaxons_cell_1_18_1 Best ArtworkKlaxons_cell_1_18_2 Surfing the VoidKlaxons_cell_1_18_3 WonKlaxons_cell_1_18_4
2011Klaxons_cell_1_19_0 NME AwardsKlaxons_cell_1_19_1 Best Album ArtworkKlaxons_cell_1_19_2 Surfing the VoidKlaxons_cell_1_19_3 WonKlaxons_cell_1_19_4


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