Band page created in 2005.
Shatner is/was a Leeds based band with its roots in late 70s punk-pop, but which has drawn comparison to a huge range of bands from the 60s to the present day.
Shatner was formed in 2003 when Jim Bower plus brother Rick, keyboardist Chris Minz and drummer Dick Sharp re-emerged from stasis for one last shot at immortality, and to fully explore the whole midlife crisis thing with no plan, except to make great music which they liked, and not give a toss about having musical careers.
Their first album "Energise" was mainly recorded in a bedroom but gained enough critical acclaim for the band to start thinking they were actually being taken seriously. This confidence led to ambitious plans for an expensive second album, and from - ooh around 2006 - ish - they were joined by Sarah Niven and Planet Claire on backing vocals, and with occasional interventions by Rob Chapman on Trombone and Tash Koczy on Sax, the epic second album "Thirteen O'Clock" took shape, with the luminary Will Jackson on board as producer.
As before, all the reviews were exceptional and CDs were touted, gigs were gigged, fun was had and from 2006-8 Shatner could be seen doing the band thing, mainly in the Leeds area.
Since February 2009 the band has been inactive, due to many pressures of one kind or another, but like ye Knights of Olde, Shatner are but sleeping. When they are needed again, perhaps they shall rise once more.
Shatner has played 23 gigs in Leeds • Add a gig
- 2009-02-28 @ Brudenell Social Club
- 2008-07-06 @ Royal Park Cellars
- 2008-05-02 @ HiFi Club
- 2008-04-19 @ Carpe Diem
- 2008-03-22 @ Cardigan Arms
- 2008-01-26 @ Brudenell Social Club
- 2008-01-06 @ Royal Park Cellars
- 2007-11-23 @ Joseph's Well
- 2007-08-03 @ HiFi Club
- 2007-06-22 @ Joseph's Well
- 2007-03-29 @ Mixing Tin
- 2007-03-23 @ Brudenell Social Club
- 2006-12-01 @ HiFi Club
- 2006-11-11 @ Joseph's Well
- 2006-06-02 @ Mixing Tin
- 2006-02-25 @ Joseph's Well
- 2006-01-06 @ HiFi Club
- 2005-11-25 @ Atrium
- 2005-10-16 @ Faversham
- 2005-08-05 @ HiFi Club
- 2005-05-27 @ Joseph's Well
- 2005-03-04 @ HiFi Club
- 2004-04-09 @ New Roscoe