Friday night lock-in is all about the record. We lock ourselves away with no phones and no way to escape (apart from fire exits of course. OH&S). It’s a way to dissect a new album in a roundtable format as well as completely disregard other’s ideas and talk loudly as you assert your own opinion.
The first LP we are taking on is the Klaxons’ new one, Love Frequency. Love Frequency is the third album from the British band. It sees them take a more electronic-route with production touches from people like LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy and Gorgon City. We’ve got our dancing shoes poised ready to take to Love Frequency.
Hannah: It feels like the song your high school band would cover at your graduation ceremony or something. Like at a high school talent show.
Sam: I liked it. I thought it was nice and really overtly melodic.
Lizzie: It reminded me of what I used to like and that was all wrong. His voice is screechy.
Lizzie: Yeah it’s just kind of like, whiny. It was just a little bit off.
Bianca: Purposely off. But I think it was a good intro to the album.
Sam: I agree. Good intro. With a nice little twinkly synth bit.
There Is No Other Time
Hannah: Chromeo, Chromeo, Chromeo
Bianca: This is the first song I heard from the album and it made me really excited for it. I think it’s classic Klaxons with a twist.
Sam: I don’t think it’s classic Klaxons at all.
Bianca: I know it’s a new style but it is still THEM.
Sam: I think the only thing left is the voice. It’s like what is the rest of the band doing? But it’s a classic. I feel like a Klaxons fan would wait for that in a set.
Bianca: I goes intro, verse, chorus, verse etc. Very textbook but it’s really good. My favourite part was when the breakdown and the final chorus combined. It builds in a really nice way. But the thud really grates my ears. It’s just a constant big thud that runs though the chorus and the verses.
Hannah: I dunno. I quite like it.
Bianca: Maybe it’s just my shit speakers.
Show me a Miracle
Bianca: I like it. It’s really catchy. My favourite bits are the chorus and the breakdown.
Sam: The vocal samples are cool.
Lizzie: It sounds like Fragmas Toca’s miracle, so every time he started singing I couldnt concentrate on it because I had another dance song in my head (classic Lizzie).
Sam: I think his voice is familiar. Its comforting. But at the same time it sounds like Yeasayer four years ago. Which is weird because theyre trying to be so new.
Bianca: Yeah Im feeling a bit of nostalgia.
Hannah: To say they consider this album their debut album, theyre not heading in any new direction or breaking any ground.
Bianca: Maybe theyre even moving backwards?
Sam: Theyve struggled since their first album.
Bianca: Their first album was much less predictable
Lizzie: There are some cool things happening here, but like you said, theres a familiarity…which isnt a Klaxons familiarity, its from other established artists.
Hannah: Its a bit of a teaser song. It hints at some really great moments but never fully goes there.
Sam: But at the same time… I kind of feel like… Indie Pop Rock is kind of… dead
Girls: OOOOOHHHHHHHH, big declaration!
Sam: Its not around in the same way it would have been if Friendly Fires came back when they released that 8 minute song two months ago. I just dont feel like theres a place for it anymore.
Hannah: I think were just a little Klaxoned out.
Out of the Dark
Lizzie: Favourite song of the album.
Bianca: I think someone really needs to give him a light to go home to his wife Keira.
Hannah: Go home and stay home.
Sam: I find the lyrics, If you believe in love, I believe in you, inexcusable.
Lizzie: … Bit vomit worthy.
Sam: You know what? I prefer that Kylie Minogue song IIIIII believe… to this.
Lizzie: I think this song made sense. You know, there was rhythm, the voice was ok…. everything was ok, it wasnt great.
Bianca: I think there were some nice little moments. The bridge in particular.
Hannah: Definitely the most… cohesive of all the songs on the album. Its very catchy, it doesnt overpower you. People will like it and will listen to it again.
Sam: I think theyre gone in with the attitude Ps get degrees and if thats the case then… youve got an album.
Children of the Sun
Bianca: Hate it. Hes so purposely off tune its offensive. I find with all of their songs, Im able to sing along to after the first verse and Im not sure if its a good thing…it’s the same formula over and over again.
Hannah: Yeah, really, really, predictable with their song formula and they really, really like to recycle the song title throughout the song.
Sam: I dont think this song even deserves us talking about it. It just sounds like an awful cover of Kasabian.
Hannah: Can we just skip it?
Lizzie: Yep. No time for it.
Hannah: So far on this album the Klaxons have proved theyre really good at a first impression, that first four bars, and then it just goes into their predictable formula and you tire of it quickly.
Sam: Its like they have all these little notes saying, Yeah were going to do that, and then they just bulldoze over it with what theyve already done.
Lizzie: They give you so much potential, plateau and then bring it back at the end.
Hannah: Yeah, great intros, a bit of a break down and some serious crap in between.
Sam: I feel like its when you come back from a long exchange and you have all these ideas that youre going to be changed. Be nice to your mum, be nice to your friends, when really youre just the same person you were with little intermittent changes.
Hannah: Yeah, maybe you vacuum a little more now?
Bianca: Hey! I drink cider now!
Lizzie: I just cant get over the corniness of their lyrics.
Bianca: Theyve always had corny lyrics.
Sam: I dont mind the corny lyrics.
Bianca: Agreed. Im more of a tune gal than a lyric gal.
Rhythm of Life
Bianca: Soooo they need a lesson in minimalism.
Lizzie: Yeah, its just noise. So much noise. Theres no clarity.
Sam: Someone just needs to come in and slash away the shit.
Lizzie: And get some rhythm.
Hannah: They have a lot of potentially good ideas…and then they just dont know how to cull.
Sam: I feel like, where is James Murphy from LCD Soundsystem in all of this? Theyre the kings of just keeping it really simple and letting it build.
Lizzie: I dont like muffled guitar. Its not sexy. Theres nothing sexy about this, I feel like British guitar solos can be so much sexier than this cloudy bullshit theyre giving us.
Sam: Yeah, like Arctic Monkeys for example.
Lizzie: Yeah. Clean and clear.
Hannah: Sometimes its really good to be smacked in the face by a song… but with these ones its just… not.
Bianca: Yeah! Their old album used to smack you in your face but in a good way!
Hannah: Yeah! This isnt a loving smack.
Sam: Thats because their old album was really driven by those drums, whereas theyve replaced the drums in this one with a beat and then gone wer, wer, wer, with a guitar. Can we have sound FX in the article?
*All break into sound FX*
Bianca: It was nice.
Sam: It was pleasant.
Lizzie: I liked…. that he wasnt singing.
Bianca: Cmon, you said you like his voice.
Lizzie: Yeah… but in this circumstance I like that is wasnt there?
Hannah: I like it… in its absence. It perhaps went on a verse too long?
Bianca: It probably would have served well as an interlude rather than a stand-alone song. I would have liked them to take on more of this sound in their other songs. Change it up a bit.
All together: Yeaahhhhh.
Hannah: I like it. We like it
Hannah: I think this is the most inoffensive song, and its also the most forgettable song weve heard so far.
Sam: I think its more subtle than the rest and I like that. I think the melodic harmonies are more subtle and thats really nice.
Bianca: I wouldnt listen to this song on its own, but its a nice addition to the album
Sam: See, I would listen to it on its own and I think itd like it even more. Here its after 8 songs and Im a bit over this song now.
Lizzie: Its like a relief.
Bianca: It gives me a chance to mop up the blood from my ears from the first series of ear-fucks.
Sam: It is necessary though.
Bianca: Chance to gather our thoughts.
Hannah: Yeah, it allows time for reflection… I just feel like you didnt need to sing La, la, la, la, la… to give people this reflection.
Sam: True. But then I feel like it wouldnt sound right on the album if they werent singing la, la, la, la…
Hannah: You mean if they didnt have lame lyrics?
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Hannah: Well, thats a surprise.
Sam:…I dont know, I just dont know….
Hannah: Im exhausted by this album.
Sam: That drop was absolutely ridiculous. I feel like someone was speeding around me on a motorbike and hitting a tin can.
Lizzie: No words for this album.
Hannah: Its like a woodpecker pecking the side of your head
Bianca: I waited THAT WHOLE TIME, and it was so close but it never climaxed.
Lizzie: Left. Hanging.
Hannah: It was never great to begin with.
Bianca: I had really high expectations for that.
Sam: I liked it and I actually liked that it didnt drop. None of the music I listen to have a drop, so I dont know why I got so excited for one but Im actually feeling quite anxious and panty.
Bianca: Well, all the other songs follow the same method.. this one is kind of a little different in a good way.
LIzzie: True. That was my favourite, weirdly. I dont know why. I hated it but I loved it.
Sam: Thats because there was a chance of a drop and you were like, Oh Fuck yeah!
Hannah: Its just like when you first start having sex… Its not all that great it begin with, its a little all over the place and then theres promise of something great at the end… that just never really happens either.
Sam: Wait. That was only when you first started having sex?