Klaxons Clear Up Rejected "Experimental" Album Debacle, Reveal Plans for New EP Series

Klaxons Clear Up Rejected "Experimental" Album Debacle, Reveal Plans for New EP Series
Last year, a story surfaced that English psychedelicists Klaxons weren't feeling the love from their record label, Polydor, after submitting their second album. One comment from an interview was taken out of context, blown out of proportion and wham! - headlines sprouted up saying, "Klaxons album rejected by label for being 'too experimental.'" In a recent interview with Exclaim!, guitarist Simon Taylor-Davis cleared up the confusion, saying the label didn't reject anything.  

"It's one of those things where the first album was all about 'nu-rave' and now this one is about the album being rejected," Taylor-Davis explains. "When the next music comes out, it will likely be looked at as the rejected music. It might not be into our fourth or fifth record where we get talked about in musical terms. We just keep shooting ourselves in the feet. That music, yeah, all we did was, like most bands, we just sent music into our label.   

"There was nothing experimental about it, like it wasn't some Merzbow noise record. Literally, it's just a collection of songs, some of them longer - not ten minutes - but some of them approach a different style. Just a lot of music…"

While the band were recording the recently released Surfing the Void, their follow-up to the Mercury Prize-winning Myths of the Near Future, they did experiment, but not with the intention of releasing it as their second album. Instead, Klaxons fans will get two additional EPs of unheard music, Taylor-Davis reveals.   

"The problem is that we recorded music in a few very different locations, in Milan and France, and each session was specific to a place and a sound," he explains. "Each session, there were five or six songs to come out of it. We were really struggling about how to release them. We really like the songs, but they didn't make up a record. We decided in the end, strangely, in a chronological sense of time that we'd almost skipped forward a little and made this kind of weird, dream-state music. We didn't feel like it was what we wanted to put out as the next record. We had a place for it, but it wasn't time to release an EP as our second album. We didn't want to butcher it by adding more music to it."   

Taylor-Davis says that the plan is to release the EPs post-Void and after the band finish some touring. And, yes, the label is behind them.   

"We have this EP of music that the record label loved and was happy to put out," he says. "I'm hoping early next year we'll put out the one made in France and then later on another EP [from Milan]. It's cool, because there are all these great ideas and you can elaborate on them in different ways. So we're just deciding what we can do with them. It's all being mixed at the moment."   

Of course, Canadian fans in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver will get a chance to possibly hear some of these French- and Italian-inspired ditties when Klaxons hit the road later this month for a North American tour. All the band's dates are below.   

To read Exclaim!'s entire interview with Klaxons, click here.

Tour dates:   

9/20 New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
9/22 Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
9/24 Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club
9/25 Montreal, QC - Cabaret du Musée Juste Pour Rire
9/27 Toronto, ON - The Mod Club
10/1 Minneapolis, MN - The Triple Rock Social Club
10/4 Vancouver, BC - Venue
10/5 Seattle, WA - Chop Suey
10/7-10 Los Angeles, CA - Culture Collide Music Festival