Klaxons Xan Valleys
Published Feb 16, 2007Innocently labelling their overexcited music as "new rave in a bid to get some attention, Klaxons plan has more than succeeded. Inadvertently, theyve caused a craze in the UK thats turned fluorescent tees and glow sticks into the latest fashion accessories. Inspired by the vitality of rave music, theyve used it as a starting point for the band and run amok. Blaring sirens, imposing bass lines and insane tempo changes interfere with their set up of creating an interplanetary clusterfuck. Xan Valleys is a taster EP designed to build excitement for their debut album, Myths of the Near Future, out next year. Lead single "Gravitys Rainbow travels in a psychedelic swirl that turns seemingly harmless indie rock into a groove-packed tornado by its end. "Atlantis to Interzone really attests these young visionaries though; air horns, a breakneck pace and jarring transitions make it the most exciting thing Ive heard all year. A cover of Kicks Like A Mules comically memorable rave anthem "The Bouncer adds a nice touch, demonstrating they know their history. Lyrically embracing fried geniuses like W.S. Burroughs and J.G. Ballard, and the harebrained religion of Dischordianisms chaos theory, their concepts get a little convoluted, but thats part of the fun. Klaxons are aiming for a galaxy far, far away, and their mania for building dance floor energy is enough to take everyone there.
So, you guys are responsible for the term "new rave? Keyboardist/vocalist James Righton: Jamie [Reynolds, bassist/vocalist] and our friend Joe, who put out our first single, were talking about the genres wondering what hadnt been revived. So, they came up with the term "new rave as a joke. And now its in worldwide media. Its quite strange its not a tag that describes our music very well. I mean, theres something going on bands that play guitar can be played in clubs. Definitely in the UK, theres a lot of energy and excitement at the gigs, and a lot of audience participation, which its all about really. But the term is actually quite crass and too narrow to describe our music.
How does "Dischordianism relate to your music? The whole writing process and nature of our band is chaotic. Were three people from different places trying to create something as a whole. Its really tough and such a constant fight to create one kind of vision, and it is chaos but its controlled and has to have a direction that we all agree with. Were not the kind of band thats into one thing; were a mesh of all styles of music because weve never restricted our interests. (Modular/Fontana North)