Live Review

Klaxons, Oslo, London

It’s the other new songs showcased tonight that prove to be the most promising insights into the forthcoming album.

Bounding onto the stage kitted out in impressive shiny silver and bronze outfits, Klaxons have returned to their “spiritual home” of Hackney tonight to play at the relatively new and fairly tiny venue, Oslo. It is their first gig in London in what feels like forever; in fact it has been a four year hiatus following their second album ‘Surfing The Void’.

Opening with ‘Atlantis To Interzone’ from 2007 debut and Mercury Prize winning album ‘Myths Of The Near Future’ is a bold move, but one that seems to pay off as the crowd responds enthusiastically with the air of expectation lifting so everyone can get on with enjoying the gig.

‘Atlantis…’ is followed by the recently released double A-side single tracks ‘Children Of The Sun’ and ‘There Is No Other Time’, which vocalist and bassist Jamie Reynolds tells the crowd “has just gone in to the chart”. The former has a heavier rockier feel live than on record while the latter is catchy enough to ensure it remains firmly rooted in your head. It is, however, other new songs showcased tonight that prove to be the most promising insights into the forthcoming album - including title track ‘Love Frequency’ and encore clap-along ‘New Reality’. Both receive impressive participation from the crowd and you could be forgiven for thinking they were old favourites.

Blending in older songs such as second album hit ‘Echoes’ and first single, the brilliant ‘Gravity’s Rainbow’ provides an ideal balance of new and old. The band sound tighter on the earlier material, with Simon Taylor-Davis’ guitar sounding slick throughout.

As the opening of ‘Magick’ blasts out towards the end of the set the crowd at Oslo has now morphed into a giant moshpit with several people seemingly eager to relive new-rave’s heyday. At one point Righton tries to fan the sweaty front row with a tea towel, perhaps not the most rock and roll move but one that exemplifies the rapport between band and audience tonight.

Ending proceedings with their hugely popular cover of ‘It’s Not Over Yet’ feels like somewhat of a statement from a band who have just made a triumphant return to their adopted hometown.

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