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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