Klaxons: Surfing the Void | CD review


Trendy novelty or award-winning visionaries? That's the question that's been circling Klaxons's much-delayed follow-up to their debut, Myths of the Near Future, which bagged the Mercury prize in 2007. Turns out they're neither, simply a functional rock band with interesting haircuts. Electronics, dance covers and most things connected to the "new rave" tag with which they arrived have been ditched. In their place comes a richer, guitar-heavy sound, a makeover that, while efficient, stifles the sense of mischief, as well as the pop sensibility, that made them fun in the first place.


Gareth Grundy

The GuardianTramp

Related Content

Love Frequency review – Klaxons back on the crest of a rave

You can feel the band straining for a disco hit on their third album, but old fans will enjoy its esoteric musings, writes Killian Fox

Killian Fox

31, May, 2014 @11:05 PM

Article image
Klaxons: Surfing the Void | CD review

Klaxons have got over difficult second album syndrome by hitting the hallucinogens and tuning into cosmic harmonies. So why does the new record sound so ugly, asks Dorian Lynskey

Dorian Lynskey

19, Aug, 2010 @2:29 PM

Article image
Klaxons | Pop review

The Mercury prizewinners are back with a slick live show and second album, Surfing the Void. But it feels like we've heard it before, says Gareth Grundy

Gareth Grundy

31, Jul, 2010 @11:06 PM

Article image
Ayahuasca: indie's new drug of choice

Klaxons and the Bees are among the artists to have tried Peruvian drug ayahuasca, says Tim Jonze

Tim Jonze

07, Aug, 2010 @11:05 PM

Article image
Watch Klaxons perform Golden Skans and Show Me a Miracle
The band perform a stripped-down version of a song from their heavily electronic new record and revisit their 2007 hit – all for the Guardian and Muzu.tv's live series

Guardian music

11, Jun, 2014 @10:25 AM

Article image
Klaxons | Pop review
Village Underground, London

Caroline Sullivan

30, Jul, 2010 @8:46 PM

Pop review: Klaxons/Simian Mobile Disco, Brixton Academy, London

Pop: The Mercury winners swap glowsticks for capes. No matter: they're still on fire

Kitty Empire

09, Dec, 2007 @11:40 PM

Klaxons, Plug, Sheffield

Plug, Sheffield

Dave Simpson

03, Oct, 2006 @1:19 PM

Article image

They are the darlings of the music press and their raucous live shows have caused teenagers to accidentally poke their own eyes out with glow sticks, but what will the Klaxons make of Depeche Mode and the Horrors?

03, Nov, 2006 @4:56 PM

Article image
David Bowie, Muse and the Klaxons: talents so huge it's only logical that aliens would want them for research

Why do extraterrestrials seem so keen on our rock stars? The truth is, like, way out there, man

Mark Beaumont

22, Apr, 2011 @11:03 PM