Klaxons‘ show at the 9:30 Club with Baby Monster this past Tuesday was long overdue. Having sparingly made any live appearances since 2009, this tour was the first chance for stateside fans to catch a glimpse of the band since their rise to indie stardom off of the seminal Myths of the Near Future and in anticipation of the US release of their second album, Surfing the Void. The band split their set pretty evenly between the two albums. It was nice to hear live renditions of Surfing, especially given that the band was forced to re-record it after being told by their label that the album was too experimental. Although the final result is far from inaccessible, you could get the sense at the show that the band’s latest work is a bit darker and more psychedelic than their older material. That is, until they exploded into “Echoes,” the first single off of new album and perhaps my favorite Klaxons track yet.
Although the show was a great exhibition of Klaxons’ new material, it was also a powerful reminder of how amazing Myths of the Near Future was. It’s unbelievable how many amazing tracks were packed onto that album. There were no glaring omissions in their set list as Klaxons powered through the record’s best, including “Golden Skans,” “Gravity’s Rainbow,” and “Two Receivers.” The highlight of the show (aside from the Peace Walker) was the closer, “Atlantis to Interzone.” The raucous new-rave anthem set the room on fire and brought a pleasant end to what had been an amazing night.
Special thanks to Jeffrey Martin for taking these awesome shots of the show, the rest of which you’ll find after the jump.