This article was published in 2014.
The new Shatner album WOW SIGNALS is now available - the first release from the band for 7 years. It can be ordered from the band's site at www.shatner.info
Shatner's brand is essentially sci-fi tinted punky-pop-rock, not afraid to be big and awesome, but equally not afraid to slip a few jokes in. Its first two albums 'Energise' (2004) and Thirteen O'Clock (2007) achieved critical acclaim.
The new album was recorded with James Kenosha, whose credits include working with Pulled Apart By Horses, Dry the River, Marmozets, Carl Barât, Mikky Ekko and Dinosaur Pile-Up. It was mastered by Tom Woodhead, out of Forward Russia.
Shatner is essentially the brainchild of singer-songwriter-guitarist Jim Bower. His younger brother Rick plays bass. Backing vocals are provided by "Planet" Claire Gibbons and Sarah Niven. This particular incarnation sees a burgeoning link between Shatner and Huddersfield rock legends The Scaramanga Six - the Six's drummer Gareth Chaplin appears on the album, and their main guitarist/songwriter Paul Morricone is now part of the band's live line-up.