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Klaxons - their career in pictures

  • 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.

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    Added: 21 Jul 2010

  • 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.

    Photo: Sonia Melot/NME

    Added: 21 Jul 2010

  • 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.

    Photo: Andy Willsher/NME

    Added: 21 Jul 2010

  • 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.

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    Added: 21 Jul 2010

  • 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.

    Photo: Andy Willsher/NME

    Added: 21 Jul 2010

  • By the following summer, Klaxons were on top form live, and are pictured here taking Glastonbury 2007 by storm.

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    Added: 21 Jul 2010

  • 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'.

    Photo: Pieter M Van Hattem/NME

    Added: 21 Jul 2010

  • 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'.

    Photo: Andy Willsher/NME

    Added: 21 Jul 2010

  • 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.

    Photo: Richard Johnson/NME

    Added: 21 Jul 2010

  • The band caught out looking uncharacteristically messy with Joe Daniel from the Angular Recording Corporation. He put out their debut single 'Gravity's Rainbow'.

    Photo: Richard Johnson/NME

    Added: 21 Jul 2010

  • 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...

    Photo: David Edwards/NME

    Added: 21 Jul 2010

  • 2009 saw Klaxons play a surprise set at Glastonbury festival, dressed as Edward Scissorhands, a headless man and various other gruesome creations.

    Photo: Tom Oxley/NME

    Added: 21 Jul 2010

  • The band meet Rihanna, as you do. The band collaborated with her on 'Umbrella' at the 2008 Brit Awards.

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    Added: 21 Jul 2010

  • 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.

    Photo: Roger Sargent/NME

    Added: 21 Jul 2010

  • 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.

    Photo: Ellis Parrinder/NME

    Added: 21 Jul 2010

  • 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.

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    Added: 21 Jul 2010

  • The band are taking over NME.COM all week, so check out a video guide to the making of the new album and which tracks they've chosen for their Daily Download takeover.

    Photo: Pamela Littky/NME

    Added: 21 Jul 2010

  • We've also got their reaction to this week's news and their brand new video for 'Echoes'.

    Photo: Pamela Littky/NME

    Added: 21 Jul 2010

  • Klaxons make their dramatic comeback on the cover of NME this week, out now. Subscribe here and get NME for £1 a week, or get this week's digital issue for your iPad, laptop or home computer.

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    Added: 19 Jul 2010