Klaxons Win Mercury Prize

Jamie Reynolds, James Righton & Simon Taylor collectively and best known as Klaxons beat fellow newcomers Amy Winehouse, Arctic Monkeys & Jamie T with their apocalyptic pop debut Myths of the Near Future out now of Geffen.

When receiving the award bassist/vocalist Jamie Reynolds stated “The Mercury Prize is about pushing music forward and this is what we did.”

US Tour Dates
9/23 Boston MA – Paradise Rock Club*
9/24 New York NY – Madison Square Garden (with Bjork)
9/26 Los Angeles CA – Henry Fonda Theatre*
9/28 San Francisco CA – The Fillmore*
9/30 Seattle WA – The Showbox*
10/01 Vancouver BC – Commodore Ballroom*
10/04 Boulder CO – Fox Theatre
10/05 Lawrence KS – The Bottleneck
10/06 Chicago IL – Vic Theatre**
10/08 Washington DC – 9.30 Club**
10/09 Philadelphia PA – The Fillmore @ Theatre of Living Arts**
10/10 Toronto ON – Opera House Concert Venue**
*with Mystery Jets
**with Sh*t Disco

“Myths…” was Produced by James Ford of Simian Mobile Disco and features hit singles Golden Skans, It’s Not Over Yet, Gravity’s Rainbow & Atlantis to Interzone.

The judging panel said the Klaxons “take us on an ecstatic musical adventure.”

Jamie Reynolds also said the band was “stunned” because of the competition from Winehouse and the Arctic Monkeys especially. “A year ago today we were in the studio recording our album and watching the Arctic Monkeys win the Mercury,” Reynolds said, “…we did not imagine that we would ever follow them or at least not so soon.”

The Mercury Prize has been awarded annually since 1992. While it is worth 20,000 pounds ($40,250), the increase in sales can be worth so much more. Klaxons are due to return to the US for another round of tour dates along with a very special show with Bjork at Madison Square Garden on 9/24, not even a year from their very first gig in the USA… along with a sting of headlining shows across the nation. We are also thrilled to announce their US debut television appearance on Conan O’Brien on October 11th.

Fellow Magnum “gunslinger” Badly Drawn Boy famously won the prize back in 2000, now it’s time for Klaxons to feel some of that glory as well! We are so proud and pleased to announce such great news!

Other nominees for 2007 included…

Amy Winehouse — “Back to Black” (Island) 10/3
Arctic Monkeys — “Favourite Worst Nightmare” (Domino) 16/1
Basquiat Strings — “Basquiat Strings With Seb Rochford” (F-IRE)33/1
Bat for Lashes — “Fur and Gold” (Echo) 7/4
Dizzee Rascal — “Maths + English” (XL) 33/1
Fionn Regan — “The End of History” (Bella Union) 20/1
Jamie T — “Panic Prevention” (Virgin) 3/1
Maps — “We Can Create” (Mute) 12/1
New Young Pony Club — “Fantastic Playroom” (Universal) 25/1
The View — “Hats Off to the Buskers” (1965) 16/1
The Young Knives — “Voices of Animals and Men” (Wea) 33/1

Author: James McQuiston

Ph.D. in Political Science, Kent State University.

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