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|Origin||London, England, United Kingdom|
Klaxons were an English band, based in London.
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.
The album won the 2007 Nationwide Mercury Prize.
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' second album, Surfing the Void, was released on 23 August 2010.
Their third album, Love Frequency, was released on 16 June 2014.
The band have been on indefinite hiatus since 2014.
The trio formed in New Cross, London, after meeting through Reynolds' girlfriend.
Righton had been working as a teacher at the time.
James taught Simon how to play guitar, and with Reynolds' redundancy money they purchased a studio kit.
Initially the band played with drummer Finnigan Kidd in 2005, until Kidd left to play with fellow New Cross band, Hatcham Social.
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.
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".
Around this time, the band began playing under their new, shortened name of Klaxons.
Myths of the Near Future (2006–2008)
Only 500 copies were released; all were printed on a 7-inch vinyl decorated by the band themselves.
The band's second single, "Atlantis to Interzone", was released on 12 June of the same year.
Zane Lowe also wrongly credited the song as "Atlantis To Interscope".
The band signed to Polydor Records in August 2006, following offers from numerous different record labels.
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.
In August 2006, Klaxons played at the Reading and Leeds festivals.
Fans sounded "Klaxons!"
and cheered loudly between songs while brandishing glowsticks.
The first single from their debut album, "Golden Skans", was released on 22 January 2007.
It reached #16 in the UK Singles Chart on download sales alone, two weeks before the official release of the CD.
It climbed to #14 the next week, eventually peaking at #7 after the CD release.
The track included the "My Love" cover as a B-side, and peaked at #13 in the UK Singles Chart.
Their debut album, titled Myths of the Near Future, was released on 29 January 2007.
Percussion and drumming on the album was provided by the album's producer James Ford, with live drummer Halperin recording on "Atlantis to Interzone".
On 1 October 2007, the band released A Bugged Out Mix, a double album featuring 27 tracks mixed by Reynolds.
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.
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.
I think it's gonna be like the last record but swollen.
A huge broad variety of things really.
There's one track we've been playing in soundcheck, it's this massive prog opus."
This followed having won 'Best New Band' the previous year.
Surfing the Void (2008–2011)
Talk of a second album began in November 2007, during the band's UK winter tour.
The band made an appearance at Modular Records's NeverEverLand festival that toured around Australia in December 2008.
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.
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".
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.
Reynolds said "we've made a really dense, psychedelic record" and that "it isn't the right thing for us [the band]".
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.
Reynolds added that "Valley of the Calm Trees" had been retitled "The Parhelion", to reflect its lyrical content.
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".
On 22 May 2009, the band announced a show at Coventry's Kasbah nightclub, their only scheduled headline UK performance.
The concert, to take place on 3 June, sparked rumours that the band may feature at the 2009 Glastonbury Festival.
The set included further new songs "Hoodoo Bora", "Future Memory" and "Echoes".
It was announced during November 2009 that the band were now working with producer Ross Robinson, with Robinson confirming through his Twitter account.
The band stated that work with Ford had gone astray, reaching difficulties with Ford acting as both producer and drummer.
Recording was completed to the satisfaction of both band and label in February 2010.
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".
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.
Even though the track was not released as a single it was available on the band's new album, titled Surfing the Void.
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.
For live performances, they were joined by Anthony Rossomando as a touring member.
Their second album Surfing the Void was released on 23 August 2010, and includes the single "Echoes", which was released one week prior.
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.
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.
Love Frequency (2012–2015)
In January 2012, Klaxons announced on their Twitter account that they were to begin recording their third album on 30 January.
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.
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.
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.
"There is No Other Time" entered the UK Singles Chart at number 42.
Their third album, Love Frequency, was released on 16 June 2014.
It entered the UK charts at number 38.
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".
The band's publicist was unable to confirm whether this meant the band were splitting up or not.
Generally derided by critics, Jamie Reynolds explained New Rave as something that "started as an in-joke and became a minor youth subculture".
The band's Facebook page lists the band's genre as "Psychedelic / Progressive / Pop".
- Jamie Reynolds - bass, vocals (2005–2015)
- James Righton - keyboards, vocals (2005–2015)
- Simon Taylor-Davies - guitars (2005–2015)
- George Latham - drums (2013-2015)
- Steffan Halperin - drums (2007-2013)
Main article: Klaxons discography
Awards and nominations
|2007||BT Digital Music Awards||Best Rock/Indie Artist||Nominated|
|2007||Q Awards||Best New Act||Nominated|
|2007||Mercury Prize||Best Album||Myths of the Near Future||Won|
|2007||MTV Europe Music Awards||Best UK & Irish Act||Nominated|
|2007||NME Awards||Best New Band||Won|
|2007||Vodafone Live Music Awards||Live Breakthrough Act||Won|
|2008||Brit Awards||Best Live Act||Nominated|
|2008||Brit Awards||Breakthrough Act||Nominated|
|2008||Ivor Novello Awards||Best Contemporary Song||"Golden Skans"||Won|
|2008||NME Awards||Best Album||Myths of the Near Future||Won|
|2008||NME Awards||Best British Band||Nominated|
|2008||NME Awards||Best Video||"Golden Skans"||Nominated|
|2008||NME Awards||Best Dancefloor Filler||"Atlantis to Interzone"||Nominated|
|2008||NME Awards USA||Best International Track||"Golden Skans"||Won|
|2008||NME Awards USA||Best New International Band||Won|
|2008||NME Awards USA||Best New International Live Act||Won|
|2008||NME Awards USA||Best International Album||Myths of the Near Future||Nominated|
|2010||Best Art Vinyl||Best Artwork||Surfing the Void||Won|
|2011||NME Awards||Best Album Artwork||Surfing the Void||Won|
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