Tuesday, April 17, 2007


If you haven't been floored, literally, with the Klaxons' Myths of the Near Future, if you're not singing along with it daily, it's because you haven't heard it yet. And if you haven't heard them yet, it's because you've been living in a hole with no access to the Hype Machine. Because the Klaxons are everywhere, and so am I, every time I listen to them. If the band is about anything at all, they're about motion. Take this track, Atlantis to Interzone. The title implies a journey, and the opening alarm sounds and call for "DJ!" bring perked ears and a reflex to get up and bug out. It sounds like a mashup of the Chemical Brothers and every early Dischord band at once. An adrenalin kickstart with a hard dance beat and propelling bass and guitar lines.

Don't plan on taking your seat for the rest of the album, either. An ominous drumbeat like an approaching dark cavalry introduces the first track, Two Receivers, while simple arpeggiated piano chords add a touch of fragility - an anticipation of something about to break. Totem On The Timeline is a guitar assault that you go with because it feels great to be pummeled like that. And Gravity's Rainbow is an invitation to travel with them to infinity, and however beautiful or sinister that may be, there will be riffs and beats, and nobody will be sitting in their chairs, because they will all have been smashed.

The Klaxons - Atlantis To Interzone (mp3)

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