Klaxons were here in October and caused quite a frenzy at Chop Suey. I was (and remain) a fan of their first CD, Myths of the Near Future, and was excited when I heard they were working on a second CD. I knew it would be excellent. And I am right, Surfing the Void is a fantastic follow-up. The band did a good mix of songs from both albums; some of my favorites off the new CD are “Echoes,” “Venusia,” “Twin Flames” and “Valley of the Calm Trees”. “Venusia” was especially wonderful live. From the first album I most enjoyed “It’s Not Over Yet,” “Atlantis to Interzone,” and “Magick”. “Magick” remains one of my very favorite songs ever. As a live band, Klaxons are achingly great. When I saw them a couple years ago I knew they were special, and it’s totally satisfying to see them grow stronger. And that frenzy I mentioned? I call it a frenzy when audience members leap onstage, compelled by genuine excitement.
Klaxons – all photos by Dagmar