New music releases, 16th June 2014

Here are this week’s new and notable music releases for the 16th of June, 2014:

Linkin Park - The Hunting Party
The Hunting Party, Linkin Park

Ultraviolence, Lana Del Rey
Band Of Brothers, Willie Nelson
Black Eyed Sons, Quireboys
Love Frequency, Klaxons
Manslaughter, Body Count
The Perfect Cult, Deathstars
Familiars, The Antlers
Live 2014, Franz Ferdinand
The Sorrow and The Sound, Feed The Rhino
The Reckoning, Ethan Johns
N.O.W. is The Time, Nightmares On Wax
Live At The Greek, Black Crowes
Noise, Boris
United States, Ian McLagan & The Bump Band
Dangerous Days, Perturbator
Bodies and Control and Money and Power, Priests

All of the above – and many more! – are available via the Skin Back Alley Music Store.

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Klaxons to release new album in June


Klaxons have announced details of their new album.

Titled Love Frequency, it will be the band’s third studio album and is set for release on 2nd June via Akashic Records. A new single will be out on 30th March.

The album is the follow up to their previous LP, Surfing The Void, and features production from Gorgon City, James Murphy and the Chemical Brothers’ Tom Rowlands.

The announcement comes hot on the heels of the band sharing two new songs, ‘There Is No Other Time’ and ‘Children Of The Sun’.

Klaxons have a brief spate of UK tour dates scheduled as follows:
31st March – Hare & Hounds – Birmingham
1st April – King Tut’s – Glasgow
2nd April – Oslo – London
3rd April – Ruby Lounge – Manchester

Live Review: Klaxons, The Ruby Lounge, 14th July 2010


Maybe it’s the torrential down-pour outside that keeps coming back for more. Maybe it’s the fierce wind and colder weather that’s enveloped the UK after days and days of sun-dappled summer. Either way, the crowd that has rammed itself into the increasingly sub-tropical Ruby Lounge tonight is taking it’s time to engage.

Klaxons have burst onto (or rather into) the tiny performance area for this intimate Manchester gig and thrashed and wrangled their way through new tune Flashover. As a set opener it is greeted with relative apathy.

Then comes The Same Space. It still sounds like Klaxons, but rather than the demented, sci-fi calliope music that we’ve come to know and love, these Klaxons are playing demented psych-house Krautrock with plenty of low-end and added trance-like synthscapes.

Slowly but surely heads begin to bob, bodies begin to flail and the temperature rises a little more. Inbetween the new material, the more familar As Above, So Below rings out through the venue and we’re bouncing ten rows deep. The momentum builds as frontman Jamie Reynolds acknowledges “We’re warming up now, Manchester.”

Gravity’s Rainbow, Golden Skans and Magick run their course and now the sweat is pouring and the energised crowd are baying for more. Singer and keyboard player James Righton is feeding off the increasingly electric atmosphere, throwing his arms up at every opportunity and jumping around like a jack-in-the-box.

Thereafter there’s another new tune, Echoes. It sounds immediately familiar and slots right into the mix of the set. Then as the rave-inducing keyboard refrain of Grace/Oakenfold cover It’s Not Over Yet comes into view an hour or more after the show began, it’s clear that things are coming to a frenzied, life-affirming end.

A couple of warm-bodied acolytes shuffle towards the exit, but are drawn back in when Righton appears back on stage and shouts “DJ!” into the mic, signalling sole encore Atlantis to Interzone. 200 people find the energy to throw their hands in the air and jump around once more until their knees give way.

Slow to get going, but finishing in frenzied triumph, Klaxons worked hard and won the Ruby Lounge round. Three years in the making, we now await sophmore album Surfing the Void with similar trepidation. Roll on August.

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