Klaxons’ James Righton shares video for Shock Machine solo project song ‘Open Up the Sky’

The musician announced his solo debut earlier this year

James Righton has shared a music video for his new song ‘Open Up the Sky’.

The former Klaxons member released his debut solo EP as ‘Shock Machine’ on April 27.

The video for the EP’s title track is directed by Saam Farahmand and features Righton dancing in silhouette, overlaid with colourful visuals.


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.