While much of the focus on the current UK music scene is devoted to Britpop revivalists, there's a growing minority determined
to remind you that the mid-90s was also primetime for glowstick waving raver kids.
Heading up this new rave movement are Klaxons, a group who've created their own little world of spacey synths and guitar
riffs. And with song titles like "Gravity's Rainbow" and a member who goes by the name Captain Strobe, these are
some unabashedly trippy boys -- as much influenced by William Burroughs' writing as The Prodigy's big beat electronics. Checking
in from Planet Klaxons, vocalist Jamie Reynolds gives us a look inside their world -- one that is about to expand with the
October release of "Xan Valleys."
Rock Star Journalism: How did you guys first meet and decide to form a band?
Jamie Reynolds: We hooked up via the Virgin Galactic message board and shared the view that a band was the only way we'd
be able to make enough money to buy tickets for the maiden voyage.
RSJ: You've often mentioned being influenced by 90s rave culture; what is the most appealing aspect of that scene to you?
JR: Vicks VapoRub and a potential Cyber Dog sponsorship.
RSJ: Since you were all very young during that time period, what memories do you associate with that music?
JR: Huge piles of flyers for out of reach parties and a strong smell of glue.
RSJ: That was a scene in which music and culture were tightly connected; do you see the same thing happening in music
JR: Of course. Only things are just that little bit easier now -- you can dress like your favourite musicians by visiting
RSJ: There is certainly a resurgence of mid-90s Britpop
with current bands; do you think that the electronic culture of that time period is often overlooked?
JR: By no means. There's a Big Beat Party in our town every night.
RSJ: You've been labeled as part of the "new rave" scene. Do you think that's an accurate description of your music?
JR: Spot on.
RSJ: Does it concern you that getting a tag like that puts you in danger of being viewed as a novelty? How do you combat
JR: Not at all -- we'll knock up the advent calendar in time for Christmas then close the lid on the box.
RSJ: Though there is obviously a lot said about the rave influence in your music, you also have a lot of other elements.
What other types of music have influenced you?
JR: Cheers -- this summer's all about French Reggae/Baroque/Blue Cheese/Spacefolk and the current SlowSub Scene.
RSJ: You do a number of covers, most notably "The Bouncer." How do you go about taking a song like that and making it
JR: Without letting the songwriter have any idea what
you're up to.
RSJ: Describe what one can expect to see at a typical Klaxons show.
JR: Your third eye.
RSJ: What do you think would be the ideal setting for your live show?
JR: Virgin Galactic's Maiden Voyage.
RSJ: If you could build your perfect festival line-up, what bands would be there?
JR: Freda Payne, Christopher Cross and Seal on piano.
RSJ: Other than the one date in New York, do you have any plans to tour in the States?
JR: The big man's got the plan -- coming sooner than an undercooked quarterpounder.
RSJ: Where would you like to see your band in a year's time?
JR: Cochin in Cairo.
RSJ: Finally, if you had to sum up Klaxons in one sentence, what would it be?
JR: For their own sake they should slow down.
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