Klaxons - Myths Of The Near Future

Paul Cook 28/02/2007

Rating: 3/5

After performing at Leeds and Reading festivals in 2006, Klaxons received such a rapturous reception that they played respective encores at both the events, and they are currently co-headlining the NME indie rave tour with their psychedelic indie rock-rave revolution. The underground following this London four-piece has captivated in a short period of time is immense. Placing this band in one specific genre is impossible so the 'New rave' genre has been born.

Despite the infectiousness and originality that shines through from tracks like 'Golden Skans' and 'Atlantis to Interzone', 'Myths of the Near Future' is somewhat of a hit or miss album that occasionally flickers with some stunning tracks displaying amazing lyrical talent. The opening salvo's of the first three tracks are by far the most enjoyable, and Klaxons' version of 'It's not over yet” is invigorating and refreshing. Sadly other tracks here, particularly 'Isle of Her' are disappointing, falling at the first hurdle and failing to interest even the most optimistic of listeners. A saturation of plainly annoying sound effects begins to detract from the musical talent on offer from this promising young band. Their influences are present throughout, particularly the raw electronics and synthesized sounds that hark back to such pioneers of electro-rock as ELO. The confident rough and readiness of 'Myths of the Near Future' makes it hard for me to believe that this band, have only really been 'big' for a couple of years now.

This album won't be to everyone's tastes, but it's a dead-cert for any party or public gathering, Klaxons' debut album 'Myths of the Near Future' has enjoyed the usual hype and eccentricity that emerging, innovative bands seem to experience when releasing music that is so different from anything else around. With such a demand for new music and the constant thirst for the discovery of underground talent, Klaxons look set for a big future.