Earlier this year, the band pulled all of their scheduled summer festival appearances so they could focus on recording their third studio album, but topped the bill at the eco-friendly bash in Paris yesterday with a one-hour comeback show. In a series of posts on their Twitter account over the past week, they had hinted that they would be showcasing new material at the gig – including a message published last weekend (September 7) in which they said: “Can’t wait to play @welovegreenfest next Saturday #newtunes”
Joined onstage by live keyboardist Fred Anton, they started with ‘Atlantis To Interzone’ from their debut album ‘Myths Of The Near Future’ before breaking into ‘Flashover’ from their second LP, 2010’s ‘Surfing The Void’. Multi-instrumentalist James Righton’s fiancée, actress Keira Knightley, watched from the side of the stage – the pair had also been spotted together earlier that day watching Beirut‘s show.
After old favourites ‘Gravity’s Rainbow’ and ‘As Above So Below’, the band then debuted the first of the new songs. “Paris bonjour. Une chanson nouveau,” said Jamie Reynolds in broken French before launching into the new rave and Talking Heads-influenced ‘Invisible Forces’.
As fans crowdsurfed and sang along to the likes of ‘Two Receivers’ and ‘Echoes’, Klaxons then debuted another new track titled ‘Rhythm Of Life’, which was reminiscent of their earlier work such as ‘Golden Skans’, before closing the show with a rendition of ‘It’s Not Over Yet’.
‘Atlantis To Interzone’
‘As Above So Below’
‘Valley Of The Calm Trees’
‘Rhythm Of Life’
‘It’s Not Over Yet’
Before the show, Klaxons had been keeping a low profile over the past year. In April, they revealed that they have begun recording the follow-up to ‘Surfing The Void’ and are rumoured to be working with LCD Soundsystem mainman James Murphy and The Chemical Brothers on the album.