Klaxons turn their back on new rave

Albums of 2008: Band set to work with Bowie collaborator

Klaxons have told NME.COM that they are turning back on their ‘new rave’ beginnings when they get round to recording their new album.

The four-piece have booked studio time with hip-hop producer Focus (Dr Dre, Beyonce, Destiny’s Child, The Game) and long-time David Bowie producer/friend, Tony Visconti. They will record sessions with Visconti in London in February, then with Focus in March.

The band then head to Italy to record the full album with James Ford, who was at the helm for their Mercury Music Prize winner and NME writers’ album of the year ‘Myths Of The Near Future’.

Whatever it ends up sounding like, the band are adamant that their second album will be worlds apart from the debut that tagged them ‘new rave godfathers’.

“I read a gig preview for one of our shows the other day,” said guitarist Simon Taylor, “they were still writing that we were kids in fluorescent clothing playing rave revival music. But this time round the most boring thing we could do is make a similar record [to ‘Myths…’]. We’ve never specifically been about fashion or anything ‘now’. We’re going to make an album that’s relevant to us.”

“We’re proud of how the first album did,” added Taylor, “but it’s not going to be hard to completely blow it out of the water.”

The record is expected to be released in September. Klaxons were speaking as part of NME‘s albums of 2008 preview issue which is on UK newsstands now.

Meanwhile, Klaxons along with Manic Street Preachers, Kaiser Chiefs, Bloc Party and The Cribs have signed up an exclusive Big Gig at the 02 Arena in London on the night of the 2008 Shockwaves NME Awards (February 28).

With the ceremony itself taking place ahead of the gig in the next-door IndgiO2 venue, it means for the first time ever fans can really get involved in the awards.

To get your Shockwaves NME Awards Big Gig tickets simply head to NME.COM/biggig.

The Shockwaves NME Awards 2008 are coming soon – and it’s time to have your say. Vote now by heading to NME.COM/awardsvote and you could win VIP tickets to the ceremony, which takes place in London on February 28.