Klaxons ignite dance party in Allston

A review of the Klaxons at Great Scott on April 11

, Staff

At their sold-out Great Scott gig last Wednesday night, the Klaxons lived up to the hype surrounding their debut album, Myths of the Near Future. The show was completely packed with desperate ticket seekers on the streets of Allston, promising to pay more than double the listed price for a chance to see the British boys.

Clad in skinny black pants, thrift store sweaters and cheeky British attitudes that elicited questions like “where are the frat parties tonight?” and “when is the kegger?” the Klaxons didn’t have to say much else because the audience was already in love with them once they walked on the stage. The show was, simply put, a huge dance party. WFNX handed out techni-color glow sticks and the fans waved them at every beat, every lyric, and even in the show’s down time.

Though dubbed by some as “new-rave,” the general consensus surrounding the buzz over the Klaxons is their music is hard to define, a concept lead-singer Jamie Reynolds is proud of. They’ve been called “sci-fi art punk,” “psychedelic indie,” and pretty much any combination thought of by rock critics. They retain a typical alternative sound from the London underground scene, but they also throw in hard-hitting electronica elements that invoke the sounds of the Chemical Brothers.

Throughout the show, their rave influence was evident, but not in a “teenager-sucking on-a-pacifier-while-popping-ecstasy” sense. The techno-inspired alarm sound of their backbeat invited the crowd to let loose and dance, while their use of heavy guitars, aggressive lyrics and prominent drums showcased their art-rock roots. The Klaxons were the main event, but most people were too busy dancing to even focus on the stage. It was like watching a rock band perform in the back of their parents’ garage, while go-go dancers squeezed into spandex hot pants gyrate around the room. This seemingly weird combination created an atmosphere that was less like a concert and more of a late night dance party in your friend’s living room… but the band loved it.

Much of the Klaxons set was dedicated to their most recent release, Myths of the Near Future. The band’s first single, “Atlantis to Interzone” was played with so much intensity, the band member’s stripped off their sweaters dripping with sweat, the crowd collectively spilled their drinks as they danced and every glow stick was in the air. “Golden Skans,” another single, with less of a funk focus and more of a rock backbone let the crowd to “oooo” and “aaahhhh” with Reynolds as he crooned into the microphone.& “Totem on the Timeline,” got even the most reluctant of attendees to move with the fast pace lyrics, guitar solo and catchy hooks. At the end of the show, nobody was ready to go home, everyone wanted to continue the dance party and a communal sigh of depression was released when fans realized the show was over.

For those that showed up to see the Brazilian trio Bonde do Role, who opened, they were introduced to a genre already popular in Rio de Janerio’s underground scene known as “baile funk.” Lead singer MC Marina Rabitski should add “professional party starter” to her resume. Rabitski lived up to her reputation of being a wild front-woman as she writhed, snaked and crawled her way around the stage while singing and sometimes shouting in Portugese. DJ Rodrigo Gorky stood at his computer post, where he played the bands’ tracks and danced with a frisky Rabitski while vocalist Pedro D’Eyrot impressed hesitant fans with his limber dance moves on the side. The band, sampled music from Grease with a Brazilian flare, even invited fans to be their “official dancers” for the night.

The Klaxons and Bonde do Role, were the perfect combination for a night of dancing, yelling and yes, even glow sticks.

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