Klaxons offered space trip

The lengths people went to sign the new ravers...

NME cover stars Klaxons have revealed the lengths that major labels went to when trying to sign the new rave band – including agreeing on a trip into space!

The band eventually signed to Polydor after a crazy bidding war which they revealed went to silly levels.

“We were all on the dole so the label interest meant we could go out for meals every night!” revealed guitarist Simon Taylor.

Bassist and bandleader Jamie Reynolds added: “One guy said ‘I’d like to do something special for you, even if you don’t sign for us’. So we said, taking the piss, “We’ve always fancied a go on Virgin Galactic. And the guy said, totally serious, ‘That’s not big enough!’ Not big enough? It’s a trip to space that doesn’t start until 2027!”

Also in this week’s NME, get your free indie/rave mix CD ‘Dancefloor Distortion’, put together by Simian Mobile Disco. It features the likes of Klaxons, Hot Chip and Franz Ferdinand.

Elsewhere in NME, there’s report on the first night of the ShockWaves presents Club NME on tour, Brandon Flowers gives us a track-by-track guide to the new The Killers album ‘Sam’s Town’, and My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way reveals all.

Plus we review the solo album from The Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jnr as well as Hot Club De Paris’ debut LP, and singles by The Holloways and Shitdisco.

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