‘Flashover’ is the first taster of the band’s new album, the long-awaited follow-up to their incredibly successful debut, Myths Of The Near Future.
The band looked to have finished recording the album a year or so ago, having worked on tracks with Simian Mobile Disco’s James Ford, but their record label rejected them on the grounds that were insufficiently accessible. They proceeded to work on a new set of songs in LA with producer Ross Robinson, best known for his work on overblown rock records by the likes of Slipknot and Sepultura; the resulting record is accordingly guitar-heavy. A press release positions this as a heroic act on the part of Klaxons, an expectation-defying reaction against pop culture’s current love affair with electronic music (a love affair which they themselves helped precipitate), rather than a retreat into conservatism. The proof will be in the pudding.
“We were an art project that got out of hand,” says bassist Jamie Reynolds, “but now we are a band.”