I approached Klaxons latest release ‘Show Me A Miracle’ with a great deal of trepidation. They released their second album ‘Surfing the Void’ way back in 2010. I’ve often found that when a band takes as long as 4 years to release a new album it usually goes one of two ways – it’s either fantastic or horrifically disappointing. In addition to the long wait, Klaxons recently announced that they would soon be embarking on the ‘world’s first ever 3D printed tour’, with everything on stage from the guitars to the lights being manufactured by a 3D printer. The announcement seemed like a desperate PR stunt – a gimic which would be totally unnecessary if Klaxons’ new work is as good as their last two albums.
Taking this into account, it came as no shock that their new track ‘Show Me A Miracle’ and its accompanying video were extremely underwhelming. The video features a sort of psychedelic, technicolour trip with dancing animated aliens and intentionally outdated sci-fi effects. I take it that the video was supposed to be funny, if more in the Dalston-hipster irony sense than the literal sense. Anyone who is a fan of their previous two albums will meet ‘Show Me A Miracle’ with a huge sense of disappointment.
This is not to say that the track is actually bad – but it’s just nowhere near as good as their previous work such as ‘Golden Skans’ and ‘Gravity’s Rainbow’. Speaking about the new album, singer and bassist Jamie Reynolds said: “We have arrived. On the first two albums, we were taking off and this one is us flying. We are there.” However, if this track is any diagnostic for the rest of the album, I can’t help but disagree. I hope this track is a red herring, but I won’t hold my breath.