If there was some kind of an official award for the “Most Amusing Album Cover” given out each year, Klaxons’ 2010 entry, “Surfing the Void”, would make a strong contender. The cover isn’t particularly funny, it’s just that it’s, well, amusing. I mean, there’s a cat in an astronaut suit! What does it all mean, man? Picking up where 2007′s “Myths of the Near Future” left off, the album is a continuation of the sonic trajectory started on the debut. Interestingly, the band chose producer Ross “The Godfather of Nu Metal” Robinson for the album, who is responsible for producing some really bad (Limp Bizkit, Slipknot, Vanilla Ice) and some pretty good albums (At the Drive-In, Sepultura) during the late 90s – early 00s.
In this recording, the “woo!”s came back with a vengeance, as there was a dude next to me for a part of the show who was all about it (see beginning and end of “Golden Skans”). Later in the show he moved away from me, but I could still pick up his “woo!” out of all the crowd noise. Very distinctive. If there was a murder and I was forced to pick someone out of a lineup based on the sound of their “woo!”, this guy would be serving 25 to life. Not that I’m a snitch or anything.
Music Hall of Williamsburg 09/22/10
As Above, So Below
The Same Space
Valley of the Calm Trees
It’s Not Over
Surfing the Void
Atlantis to Interzone
Download: Two Recievers, Magick (Live)
Download: Golden Skans (Live)
Download: Valley Of The Calm Trees (Live)