Shatner have a solid reputation for ambitious multilayered guitar pop, often with a sci-fi twist.They first emerged in the West Yorkshire area (probably out of some kind of swirly vortex thing) in the early noughties, and made two albums, “ENERGISE” and “THIRTEEN O’CLOCK” – both were voted into the ‘top 100 local albums of the decade’ list put together by Leeds music mag “Vibrations” ahead of many better-known artists.
They returned in 2014 with a third critically acclaimed album entitled WOW SIGNALS, which you may have heard on the BBC Introducing shows across the North. Shatner are now finalising a fourth album – ENLIGHTENMENTAL – with a more muscular rock sound, full of warp drive pop guitars, four part harmonies and photon torpedo beats. It’s pop Jim, but not as you know it!
Now today they release their first song for almost four years check out the video below:
The band is centred around the infectious and often darkly humorous songs of frontman/guitarist Jim Bower, whose brother Rick plays bass. Sarah Niven adds harmonies and percussion. The latest Shatner line-up features lead guitarist Paul Morricone and drummer Anthony Sargeant, known for their work with Huddersfield ‘evil pop’ band The Scaramanga Six.
The album is produced by James Kenosha, whose credits include Pulled Apart By Horses, Dinosaur Pile Up, Marmozets and many more.Hard to pin down to a genre, Shatner have been recently described as “somewhere between The Clash and The B52s.” The band can be found gigging sporadically around the North, most recently in Leeds, Harrogate, Nottingham, Sheffield, York, Hull and Huddersfield
Today they are also launching a pledge campaign to fund production of their new album ENLIGHTENMENTAL, due out around 11th May.
Next confirmed gigs:
Sat 10th March, Hollins Mill, Sowerby Bridge
Fri 11th May, The Parish, Huddersfield
Jim will be appearing on Alan Raw’s BBC radio show on BBC West Yorkshire, Saturday March 24th.