Posted in music | tour dates on July 14, 2010

by Bill Pearis


Remember the Klaxons? Three years after winning the Mercury Prize, they're back with Album #2 and are playing some American dates this fall, including two stops in New York: Bowery Ballroom on September 20 and Music Hall of Williamsburg on September 22. Both shows go on sale Friday (7/16) at noon, as does a September 19th show at Maxwell's. Oregon's Baby Monster open the shows. All currently known dates on that trek below (with more still TBA).

Klaxons new album, Surfing the Void, will be out August 23 in the UK and yes that is the album art above. Ridiculous but kind of awesome too, which also is a good descriptor of the band themselves. (Mind you, this post is written by a guy who picked their track "Golden Skans" as Best Single of 2007.)  The new album was produced by Ross Robinson, best known for being behind the board for hard rock acts like Korn and Limp Bizkit and Sepultura. (But also At the Drive In, Blood Brothers and The Cure.) It's another odd choice for a band that has almost willfully defied pigeonholing -- despite coining the regrettable "nu-rave" tag in an interview -- since day one. Their debut, Myths of the Near Future, remains one of the weirdest Mercury Prize winners ever.

The new album was a difficult birth. Sessions recorded with Tony Visconti, Focus, and Myths producer (and Simian Mobile Disco dude) James Ford were all scrapped before finally getting it done with Robinson in Los Angeles earlier this year. Despite threatening to go full prog, the first taste we got of Surfing the Void was "Flashover" that is pretty much what you might expect The Klaxons working with Korn's producer to sound like: loud, flinty, cacophonous, weird. Official first single "Echoes" is closer to a "Golden Skans" or "It's Not Over Yet" type vibe: poppy, kind of dancey, also weird. Lyrically, it seems we're still in sci-fi/fantasy/nu-age/what? territory. You can stream both songs via YouTube, with all currently known dates, below....


Klaxons - Flashover


Klaxons - Echoes

Klaxons - 2010 North American Tour Dates
Sept 19: Maxwell's. Hoboken, NJ
Sept. 20: Bowery Ballroom, New York
Sept. 22: Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Sept. 24: Paradise Rock Club, Boston
Sept. 25: Cabaret du Musée..., Montreal
Sept 27: The Mod Club, Toronto
Oct. 5: Chop Suey, Seattle
Oct. 7-10: FILTER Magazine's Culture Collide Music Festival, Los Angeles
(more dates TBA)

Klaxons - other 2010 Tour Dates
Jul 14 - The Ruby Lounge Cheadle, Stockport, gb Find Tickets
Jul 14 - Ruby Lounge Manchester, Manchester Find Tickets
Jul 16 - Traffic Free Festival Venaria Reale, ITALY
Jul 17 - Benicassim Festival SPAIN
Jul 24 - Paleo Festival SWITZERLAND
Jul 27 - Village Underground London, London Find Tickets
Jul 30 - Paredes de Coura Festival PORTUGAL
Aug 14 - Dockville Festival GERMANY
Aug 20 - Frequency Festival AUSTRIA
Aug 21 - Open Air Gampel SWITZERLAND
Aug 28 - Leeds Festival Bramham Park, UNITED KINGDOM
Aug 29 - Reading Festival Reading, UNITED KINGDOM
Sep 8 - Club Duo Tokyo, JAPAN
Sep 13 - La Cigale Paris, Ile-de-Fra, fr Find Tickets
Nov 26 - Astra Berlin, GERMANY
Nov 27 - Amager Bio Copenhagen, ., UNITED KINGDOM
Nov 30 - Melkweg Amsterdam, ., NETHERLANDS



Comments (12)

Also have a Maxwell's gig on Sept. 19

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2010 11:14 AM

f this band for being too cowardly to play in Israel.

Posted by adawg | July 14, 2010 12:32 PM

weak live ...

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2010 12:36 PM

"Also have a Maxwell's gig on Sept. 19"

updated, thanks!

Posted by brooklynvegan | July 14, 2010 12:54 PM

AMEX presale has started for the Bowery and MHOW shows....just bought BB tix.

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2010 2:39 PM

12:32. I agree

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2010 2:47 PM

Remember when these dudes were on the "New-Rave" bandwagon?

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2010 3:08 PM

Worth checking out? Curious about the Maxwell's gig...

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2010 3:56 PM

Cowards for not playing in Israel? Give it a break already. What are we supposed to do? Boycott them for making the choice not to play in Israel? For the same reason lots of people, organizations, etc. don't visit or do business in Israel? And what's that? Oh yeah, it's a state that all of it's neighbors want gone. That, my friend is called "risk" and to each their own for making the choice not to stop by for a visit.

Posted by Anonymous | July 14, 2010 4:49 PM

f isreal in general

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2010 1:46 PM

Wonderful post and the location is beautiful and elegant in design and information and everything>>> to Favorites
Amazing is an enormous understatement. One of the best electronic shows I've ever been to and I've seen well over a thousand concerts. I had no idea Vladislav Delay was as good a drummer & percussionist as he is- fabulous and he kept everything swinging with a very unique style of playing. If you missed this you missed out big time...

Posted by يوتيوب القمة | March 2, 2011 2:49 AM

I have 3 cats but I haven't made them astronauts. It's funny. I like how the klaxons sing and I can;t wait to see them in the city I live in.

Posted by Cazare Sibiu | January 17, 2012 9:57 AM

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