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“Surfing the Void” skates into the mundane

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Klaxons' Surfing the Void: The cat-stronaut wins awards, the album, not so much

Dale Krause, Editor-in-Chief

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November 2007 heard chatter of a new album. The band is known for their strange self-prophesized sound. They exist in a genre all their own, but with the release of Surfing the Void, long time fans were appalled by the not so familiar sounds spewing from their speakers.

Keep in mind, the gag of sounds collected for the album was not what the band had depicted when they first set out to release a new CD. On the other hand, Klaxons is known for crowd interaction and literally throwing themselves into the music, that makes it rather difficult to trap that level of lightening in a bottle.

In March 2009, Polydor record label rejected the band’s style stating that they needed to re-record parts of their second album. Disappointed, the band began working with Simian Mobile Disco to produce their works as they preferred them.

After many mistrials the band settled for producer Ross Robinson. Robinson is a multi-platinum music producer who has worked with bands like Korn and Machine Head. With this in mind, it’s easy to see how the sound Klaxons usually emanates was misunderstood and chewed on.

Compared to their previous works, this CD falls far below the norm of Klaxon sound. Echoes is the first song up to bat and instead of hitting a home run it looks nervously at the crowd and decides to bunt. Songs like Venusia and Flashover have flow that seem to go nowhere and the bass growls in the background, distorting the entire musical image of the song. Three songs into the mix, the title track emerges. Surprisingly it’s the only thing on the entire CD worth listening to again. Klaxon’s

Despite the minor setback of the recent release, the artwork has taken on a life of its own. Cat-stronaut! The cover has actually won a prize for best album artwork of 2010, announced in January 2011.

It’s apparent they’re a square peg being forced into a round hole. In an interview for Riff Raff Magazine, bassist and co-vocals Jamie Robinson stated, “We wanted to create a non-existent music genre and see how far we could get the world’s music press to talk about nothing.”

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