Over the previous decade or so, actress Keira Knightley has loved a sluggish however positive ascent up the Hollywood A-list, with roles in “Delight and Prejudice” (2005), which earned her an Oscar nom, “Anna Karenina” (2012) and “The Imitation Sport” (2014).
However her husband’s style of fame didn’t come fairly so steadily. Again in 2007, James Righton was touring at mild pace to the highest of the British pop charts.
The 33-year-old, who releases his first self-titled solo album as Shock Machine on Aug. 25, was then a member of British dance-rock trio Klaxons. That includes Righton on keyboards, guitarist Simon Taylor-Davies and bassist/vocalist Jamie Reynolds, the band’s 2007 debut album “Myths of the Close to Future” reached No. 2 on the UK album chart and spawned 4 Prime 40 hits.
Though little recognized in America, Klaxons made waves in hipster circles: David Bowie was a fan, Joaquin Phoenix tried to document them in an impromptu session in Los Angeles and Bjork even requested the band to open for her at Madison Sq. Backyard in 2007.
“I feel I just about cried in entrance of her and stated thanks,” Righton tells The Publish of that night. “I’ve obtained a humorous photograph of us the place half her face is roofed in glitter, and I appear like a small baby, crying. I used to be fairly humbled to be in her presence.”
The band was additionally infamous for its hard-partying way of life.
“They had been wild, superb, blurry years,” says Righton.
At their peak, Klaxons gained the Mercury Prize for one of the best album of 2007 — beating a area that included Amy Winehouse and Arctic Monkeys. Not that the status obtained in the way in which of any of their enjoyable: “We had been extremely drunk that night time,” recollects Righton.
They even performed stay with Rihanna, performing a mashup of their track “Golden Skans” and her personal smash “Umbrella” on the BRIT Awards in 2008.
“I bear in mind being very impressed by her professionalism, which was in whole distinction to what we had been on the time! She clearly had one thing going for her, and she or he’s nonetheless doing fairly effectively, so I hear!”
Fortunes have been just a little extra blended for Klaxons since then. Their long-awaited second album, “Browsing the Void” (2010), did not stay as much as the extraordinary hype round their first effort, and the band break up after their third album, “Love Frequency” (2014).
Righton met Knightley at a cocktail party in 2011 and says she was fully unaware of his rock-star previous. “She’d by no means heard of us,” says Righton. “Keira was in America after we had been having our second within the solar within the UK, so she was oblivious. However over time, she got here to a great deal of gigs and cherished ‘Browsing the Void.’”
Feeling just a little burned by his expertise with Klaxons, Righton has had a while away from music. He and Knightley wed in 2013, are primarily based in London and have a 2-year-old daughter, Edie.
However the kaleidoscopic pop of “Shock Machine” is a formidable comeback, and proudly reveals Righton’s love for the Seashore Boys and Todd Rundgren.
“I’m a ’70s man at coronary heart. I play a whole lot of Bowie and 10cc at house. Keira doesn’t play a lot music herself, however ‘Breakfast in America’ by Supertramp goes down fairly effectively in our home!”