Klaxons at SXSW 2013
According to an NME article based on Radio 1’s Zane Lowe broadcast featuring Jaime Reynolds, the lead singer for Klaxons, the band has been working on their follow up to 2010’s sophomore success, Surfing the Void. This time ’round they’re moving deeper into their dancey tendencies while continuing to complement electronics with organic guitar stylings (Chemical Brothers and James Murphy are rumored to be their tutors and producers).
“We have learned to make electronic music with computers, that’s been our mission over the last however long…there are guitars on it, it’s electronic, you know; it’s synthesised and electronic drums and the rest of it, with computers.”
Klaxons fans got a sneak listen to the new stuff – “Invisible Forces” and “Rhythm Of Life” – which appeared in their set at the We Love Green festival in France last September (fan-recorded videos on YouTube also show “Invisible Forces” being performed at shows back in 2011). Previous to that, they had cancelled their 2012 summer festival plans to focus their time in the studio, and since then have been on the silent side.
UPDATE: Klaxons were originally scheduled to play the Windish and Red 7 party at Mohawk, Wednesday March 13 at 10:30pm. We believe they had to cancel. Will confirm and update as needed.
We’re looking forward to hearing the new material first hand and hope Polydor has by this time, allowed the Klaxons to be free to create as they see fit.
The Postells at SXSW 2013
For the born and bred New York foursome – Daniel Balk (singer), David Dargahi (lead guitar), John Speyer (bass), and Billy Cadden (drums) – much was quite on The Postelles front as well at the time of the November airing.
Since then, a new album announcement has been made: …And It Shook Me is due to be released April 23, a follow up to their self-titled debut in 2011. The first single, “Pretend It’s Love (featuring Alex Winston),” has also appeared on Soundcloud as a free download, a jingle-jangle tune full of sprite and springtime melodies.
The Postelles are no strangers to touring, having kept busy over the years with both national and international tours, and festivals ranging from Lollapalooza to Filter’s Culture Collide and Icelandic Airwaves. The band is on the road again, hitting up the east coast before they arrive in Austin.
So far they’ve got one SXSW date booked – March 13 at Soho Lounge via Songkick.com; nothing’s showing up on SXSW.com and their March 14 at 1am timeslot on http://austin2013.sched.org doesn’t have the specifics yet.