Klaxons’ James Righton plays clown in new Simon Amstell-directed Shock Machine video – watch

The comedian has created a short film for the latest track from Righton's new project

Former Klaxons member James Righton plays the part of a sad clown in a new short film directed by comedian Simon Cowell.

The clip accompanies the latest track from Righton’s new project, Shock Machine. ‘Something More’ is the fifth song he has shared under the alias, following the release of his debut EP ‘Open Up The Sky’ earlier this year.

In the video, Righton plays a clown who loses himself when he removes his make-up, later finding redemption in a supermarket. Watch the video below.


Klaxons played their debut show at Soho’s St Moritz Club in January 2006, and released their debut single, ‘Gravity’s Rainbow’, in March 2006, on Angular Records.

Widely regarded as the fathers of new rave, Klaxons struggled to follow up their debut, with 2010’s much-delayed ‘Surfing The Void’ failing to replicate its predecessor’s success. The band had scrapped an entire album’s worth of material, some of which was later released as a free EP under the title ‘Landmarks Of Lunacy’.

They released their third and final album ‘Love Frequencies’, produced by Erol Alkan, The Chemical Brothers‘ Tom Rowland and LCD Soundsystem in 2014. It entered the UK charts at 38.

Before their split, Righton said that it’s now “too expensive” to be in a band, especially for those that live in London.

He added: “It’s expensive being in a band, way cheaper buying a laptop.”


Klaxons split in 2014 and played their last UK gig at London’s O2 Shepherds Bush Empire the same year.