Klaxons – Live – Falmouth Pavilion
Klaxons are currently touring in support of their 3rd album ‘Love Frequency’ and this week played at Princess Pavilion, Falmouth.
A review of the show from Richard Whitehouse of Cornwall Live can be found below.
Review by Richard Whitehouse.
When it comes to the Mercury Music Prize for every Arctic Monkeys who go on to greater things there is a Speech Debelle who seemingly disappear, crushed by the expectation of winning the award. For the Klaxons the weight of the prize seems to have left them almost stranded in a middle zone of wanting to build on their success but not entirely sure how.
When they burst onto the scene with their “nu-rave” sound (has a genre ever aged or sounded ridiculous so quickly?) and their fresh sounding Myths Of The Near Future they were hailed as the future of indie guitar music. But for all their incorporation of more electronic and dance elements the basis of their sound is still steeped in the indie music of the past 25 years or so.
In Falmouth on Thursday they were greeted by a lacklustre just over half full Princess Pavilion – perhaps even music fans are unsure of where Klaxons fit in the current landscape? However the enthusiastic student-dominated crowd were well up for a party and Klaxons were ready to deliver.
Launching off with the wonderful kaleidoscope of Atlantis To Interzone they set their stall clearly delivering an aural assault which made you feel like you had been trapped inside a tumble dryer with a sound system. Admittedly not having ever heard their second opus Surfing The Void I could not tell you which tracks were fresh cuts from forthcoming record Love Frequency but with house-style keyboard stabs being married up with their pounding beats and heavy basslines it was enough to keep the crowd dancing all night.
In fact as the gig went on the crowd was just as willing to throw shapes to the newer tracks as they were to familiar favourites such as the fantastic Golden Skans. Playing with free abandon Klaxons seemed just as willing to have a party as their audience were.
It’s just a shame that the audience wasn’t more substantial – Cornwall where were you? On this evidence Klaxons are more than ready to cast off the shackles of the Mercury Prize and move into a new era.