Klaxons set target for finishing new songs

Band aiming to premiere new material at Shockwaves NME Awards Big Gig

Klaxons have set themselves a target to get songs for their second album finished by.

The band who expect to record a follow-up to ’Myths Of The Near Future’ during 2008, said they expect to give fans a clue of which way the album is going by February 28 when they play the Shockwaves NME Awards Big Gig at the O2 Arena.

The band hope to use the London show, which follows this year’s awards ceremony, to road test a few new songs.

“It’s going to be big, and hopefully we’re going to be able to play some new tracks for the first time – stuff we haven’t even written yet,” declared KlaxonsSimon Taylor. “Timing-wise, it could be right. Which people will be ecstatic about, because we’ve been playing the same set for so long!

The guitarist added that playing the biggest ever NME show at the arena would be a challenge for the band, but they were looking forward to it.

“It’s definitely a step-up for us. We’re going to try and make it still intimate and exciting, try and replicate the shambolic carnage of our tiny early gigs in the arena,” he declared. “It’s hard to make it sound big and good still, but we think we can pull it off.”

The show itself will be headlined by the 2008 Godlike Geniuses Manic Street Preachers, with Kaiser Chiefs, Bloc Party, The Cribs also performing.

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