Thursday, July 11, 2013

Will Work For Ensure: William Shatner Appears In Glasvegas Video

In a never-ending quest to fend off dementia, William Shatner appears in the new Glasvegas video, "If." The video is a parody of the British music show The Old Grey Whistle Test with the 83 year old actor serving as host.

In unrelated news, Shatner also appears as a spokesman for an Eastern Iowa law office that specializes in workman's comp claims.

So who are Glasvega? Without the obligatory Google search, I'd say their name is a "clever" combination of "Glasgow" and "Las Vegas." As far as the connection between the two locales, I have no idea.

And the music?

From what I see and hear, they are fans of The Joshua Tree, the lead vocalist tries to look like Joe Strummer, and they have a drummer from the school of Teresa Nervosa. It's all very polite and forgettable 80's pap, as evidenced by the title track of the band's new digital e.p.

Have at it and judge for yourself.


Glasvegas premier the new video for "If" starring William Shatner.

The new video features the legendary William Shatner and is Glasvegas' take on the iconic BBC Music show "The Old Grey Whistle Test." James Allan, Glasvegas song-writer, guitarist, vocalist, frontman, beloved people's poet (and profound Glaswegian) explains... "When we played on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson a while back, William Shatner introduced our live performance as he is a fan of the band. I then thought it would be a cool thing to incorporate his introduction of us into our new video since it also has a 'late show' theme. We got in touch with him to ask his permission and he got back to us almost immediately to give us the thumbs up!"

Taken from their forthcoming album Later...When The TV Turns To Static, 'If' melds trademark Glasvegas' soaring choruses to a martial drum and Phil Spector inspired opening. 'If' is accompanied on the EP, which is now available on iTunes by three exclusive recordings from the band. A cover of PJ Harvey's 'The Words That Maketh Murder', 'Press ' a brand new track written especially for the EP by James Allan and a demo version of 'Finished Sympathy' which is the last track on the new album.

"A lot of thought went into the If EP" says James "from the decision about the cover track right down to the wee <> symbols in the 'Press title, which I wanted to make look like a button on a VCR. The reason for choosing 'The Words That Maketh Murder' was that some of the covers we have done in the past have been older songs, so we wanted to go for something newer. The PJ Harvey album Let England Shake is a record we had been listening to and it seemed an obvious choice to pick a song from this record. Press is a new song and is me speaking in a hypothetical sense, a 'what if-scenario', and the demo of Finished Sympathy, well it's a bloody good song from the album that we are really proud of, based on my opinion that "sympathy" is something that's finished at too young an age. You can expect heavy fireworks from the album version."

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