Klaxons gear up for first LA gig

The new ravers take on the west coast

Klaxons are gearing up for their first-ever Los Angeles show, which takes place tomorrow night (April 21) at the Ex Plex.

The new ravers caught up with NME.COM on the eve of their west-coast debut to reveal their first impressions of the city.

LA‘s pretty much living up to our expectations so far,” bassist/vocalist Jamie Reynolds told NME.COM. “I just walked out our hotel door, looked down and realised I was standing on Sting.”

Reynolds admitted that seeing The Police man’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame was quite a thrill.

“I thought it was just for film stars, but obviously if you’re a big enough musician, you get a star,” he said.

“We’ve always associated LA with an aura of glamour and glitz, or success and shininess,” Reynolds explained.

“But all we got is grey and rain,” added James Righton. “We definitely brought the English weather with us.”

Despite the unusually rainy weather, the trio agreed that they were excited to be playing their very first show in the City of Angels.

“I hope that the kids from LA can upstage the Brooklyn crowd,” admitted Reynolds. “That show was amazing–the kids went nuts. So hopefully the west coast will be like that.”

“And maybe tonight we can hang out with Michael Douglas,” added Righton. “Does Michael Douglas live in LA? We have to find him and get him out tonight,” he joked.

Klaxons have several things planned for their brief stay in Los Angeles, including hooking up with Lily Allen — who is also visiting from England — and spinning tunes with famed LA DJ Steve Aoki after the band’s Saturday-night show.

“It’s proper LA,” Righton said of their DJing gig. “It’s just what I thought LA would be like. It’s like, ‘Fuck yeah, let’s do a Steve Aoki party!'” he laughed.

The band leave Los Angeles on Sunday to continue their North American tour, which stops in Vancouver, Seattle, Portland and San Francisco before returning to Southern California for the Coachella Festival on April 29.

“We’re really looking forward to it,” Righton said of Coachella. “We’ve made sure we’re not doing anything on Friday and Saturday so we can absorb the whole festival.”

As for their Sunday Coachella performance, Righton said, “We’ll just do what we do at home — we’ll give a raucous performance and see what happens.”

Check out NME.COM for regular updates live from the California desert next weekend.

–By our Los Angeles staff.

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