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Live Review: Klaxons

November 2, 2014

Music | by Sophia Miles

The Klaxons played Manchester’s Academy 3 on Tuesday, supported by alt-pop duo Thumpers. The three piece formed in 2007, and enjoyed a number two success in the charts with debut album ‘Myths of the Near Future’ which also won the Mercury prize that year. Their following albums, 2010’s ‘Surfing The Void’ and this year’s ‘Love Frequency’ showed the band’s constantly changing sound, from the ‘Nu-Rave’ label they were originally given to material influenced by genres such as rock, electronica and dubstep.


They announced via Twitter on October 24th that this tour would be their last as a headlining act after 9 years together, although it is unconfirmed whether this means the band are going their separate ways. Because of this, they really gave the performance their all, their energy was contagious and the atmosphere in the crowd was incredible, with everyone jumping and singing along to all the songs. It was also obvious that the three guys – James Righton on keyboard and vocals, Jamie Reynolds on bass and vocals, and Simon Taylor-Davis on guitar – have great fun on stage together, it was like watching mates messing around jamming in their garage, but with much better results!

The trio entered the limelight dressed all in white outfits to open with ‘Atlantis To Interzone’, instantly starting on a high which continued throughout the set. They performed a good variety of songs from across their back catalogue, including top ten hit ‘Golden Skans’, their debut single ‘Gravity’s Rainbow’, their cover of Grace’s ‘It’s Not Over Yet’ and ‘There Is No Other Time’ (their collaboration with Gorgon City), along with latest album tracks ‘Love Frequency’, ‘New Reality’ and ‘Invisible Forces’. After much encouragement from the audience, the band returned for an encore to play ‘The Bouncer’, ‘Echoes’, ‘Atom To Atom’ and ‘Children Of The Sun’. Their rapport with the fans was top notch; they even joined in with Mancunian chants throughout the gig. There was also an unusual twist for the tour- the instruments the boys used were 3D printed, using help from experts at The University of Sheffield and Customuse, and is the first band to use such technology.

It is a shame to say goodbye to a band with such a enthusiastic following, but at least they can be safe in the knowledge that their last ever tour was well received and that they put everything they had into it.


Sophia Miles