Thursday, July 18, 2024

Klaxons + Nadia Ksaiba, Hare and Hounds, Birmingham 31/03/14

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What’s the best way to spend a rainy Monday night we hear you ask? Well, if you’re thinking an intimate, sold out Klaxons comeback gig you might just be on the right ‘track’, excuse the pun. On the band’s first UK show in almost a year, THEY were back with a beautiful glittering bang.
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To kick things off Klaxons opted for a gentle DJ set that came in the form of sound spinning Nadia Ksaiba – her tropical electro tracks were the perfect opener. Ksaiba was even coaxed into singing over the top of some of the house beats to add to her entrancing set. It was a mellow, refreshing ease into the carnage that was to follow.
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Klaxons took to the stage to a rapturous reception from the eager crowd filling Birmingham’s honoured Hare and Hounds to bursting. ‘Atlantis’ was the perfect reminder of why music lovers hold this band in such high esteem. Futuristic keys, roaring vocals, and menacing percussion lead to an onslaught of mayhem within the crowd. Photographers lost their lenses, fans lost their iPhones and glasses smashed as the chaos ensued.
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Klaxons weaved between new material and past floor-fillers which kept the crowd rowdy and the atmosphere electric. Recently released infectious chart-favourite ‘There is no other time’ showed the creative and shimmering direction that the band have developed as they’ve kept under the radar recently. This, alongside bounds of new material wet appetites for the four-piece’s highly anticipated forthcoming album ‘Love Frequency.’
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Old favourites ‘Golden Skans’ and ‘Gravity’s Rainbow’ had echoing lyrics screamed back to the band by eager listeners as their sparkling pop trances and seamless hooks whipped fans into a frenzy. Closing with an encore of ‘It’s not over yet’ the relief and excitement of a punch-packing come back shone through musically as Klaxons went out on a soaring high.
This certainly wasn’t a show to be missed, watch out – Klaxons are back with a vengeance!
Photographs by Jonathan Morgan