Ten years after the start of their heyday, ‘Acid Indie’ act Klaxons are no more
It might only have been two years after they formed, but it could be said that 2007 was a pivotal year in the life and times of Klaxons. The London residents, originally hailing from Stratford-upon-Avon and Southampton, had made 2006 a year to remember; from their first airplay on BBC Radio One, courtesy of Steve Lamacq, through to a memorable set at the Reading Festival.
Their cross-genre appeal had made them relevant to different areas of UK music, in the same way that bands such as the Happy Mondays had crossed the boundaries of both dance music and indie in the late 1980s and early 1990s’ post-acid house era. They incorporated elements such as dubstep, the in vogue electronic dance music of the time, and crossed it with their own alternative, at times psychedelic, version of indie music – and by 2007, the fans were loving it.
Making waves by releasing their first single – ‘Gravity’s Rainbow’ – as a limited edition seven-inch vinyl, Klaxons then drew on the power of the internet in the same way that their contemporaries, Arctic Monkeys, were doing around the same time. ‘Myths of a Near Future’ was the name of their debut album, and its first single, ‘Golden Skans’, was released initially just as a download, pulling in enough sales to make it to number 16 in the charts.
2007 was a year in which the Klaxons underlined the versatility which would come to characterise them to a certain extent. They had already ‘crossed over’ to dance music platforms such as the BBC’s Ibiza Weekend, and now they proved they could dabble in R’n’B, too, performing a cover version of ‘My Love’ by Justin Timberlake. They also picked up the Mercury Music Prize in one of the most unexpected triumphs in the history of the coveted gong.
Fast Forward to 2017; Death Knell
In 2017, sadly the band are no longer with us. They parted ways in 2015, leaving behind a trail of three studio albums, including the follow ups to ‘Myths of a Near Future’ – ‘Surfing the Void’ and ‘Love Frequency’. In many ways, Klaxons were always destined to be one of those bands that left us wanting more, rather than killing us with overload. They had often been choosy with their tour dates, restricting themselves to the big shows such as Bestival and Glastonbury, or one-off headline slots at overseas festivals.
Lead singer James Righton has seen his fame multiply since marrying Hollywood actress Keira Knightly, and has gone on to form his own band – Shock Machine. They are essentially a tour group built around Righton, while Jamie Reynolds has gone on to collaborate with members of Gorillaz, the group fronted by Blur frontman, Damon Albarn.