Klaxons are back on the front cover of NME this week as the release date for their long-delayed album ‘Surfing The Void’ edges ever nearer. To celebrate, here’s a look at their zany career thus far.
The band began life as Klaxons (Not Centaurs) in New Cross back back in 2004, with a different drummer called Finnigan Kidd, who left early on to focus on his other band Hatcham Social.
The band used to rehearse in a tiny, junk-filled room in an industrial estate between New Cross and Deptford, sharing it with other bands from the scene. Simon is seen here sporting the early ‘Klaxons Are Cunts’ promo t-shirt.
By 2005 they were recruiting more and more people to their glow stick-brandishing new rave army, including NME’s Tim Chester (who reviewed this 2005 gig for NME’s Radar section) and Jaimie Hodgson, who can be spotted in the background.
Their gigs attracted more and more fans and by summer 2006 they were the main draw at Vice magazine’s short-lived Tales Of The Jackalope festival, where they went on to play the most shambolic gig of their lives, falling over equipment and disappointing thousands of revellers. “That was when the onstage partying ended” Simon would later tell NME.
By the following summer, Klaxons were on top form live, and are pictured here taking Glastonbury 2007 by storm.
An outtake from their first ever covershoot back in 2006. The interview came with a sidebar on how to speak “Anglo-Klaxon” that included the terms ‘gurn burgler’, ‘cotch-boxing’ and ‘e-tards’.
Their debut single, ‘Gravity’s Rainbow’, was released on South London label Angular Recording Corporation in March 2006, closely followed by ‘Atlantis To Interzone’ on Merok in June before an EP on Australian/UK label Modular called ‘Xan Valleys’.
Outlandish outfits on stage was a theme with Klaxons from the early days. They’re pictured here at London’s White Heat club night, a notorious breeding ground for big name acts.
The band caught out looking uncharacteristically messy with Joe Daniel from the Angular Recording Corporation. He put out their debut single ‘Gravity’s Rainbow’.
Klaxons pose for their NME Radar feature in March 2006. It was in this piece that the magazine used the band’s phrase ‘new rave’ for the first time (they had set up a MySpace page called ‘New Rave Revolution’ featuring a picture of a cat as a joke) thus spawning a thousand articles about the new genre. Sorry about that…
2009 saw Klaxons play a surprise set at Glastonbury festival, dressed as Edward Scissorhands, a headless man and various other gruesome creations.
The band meet Rihanna, as you do. The band collaborated with her on ‘Umbrella’ at the 2008 Brit Awards.
Klaxons with perennial attention-hogger and everyone’s favourite fat man Har Mar Superstar, who has been known to join them onstage in his pants at festivals.
Klaxons have won a fair few awards over the years, including NME’s Best New Band in 2007, Best Album in 2008 and an Ivor Novello for ‘Golden Skans’ the same year.
They also picked up the 2007 Barclaycard Mercury Prize for ‘Myths Of The Near Future’, seeing off competition from New Young Pony Club, Dizzee Rascal and Amy Winehouse.