Popular UK Actor Stephen Berkoff stars in the latest video from the Above & Beyond Camp. Video and press release follow…[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IYDYjvLOZZw&w=500]
A song inspired by the restless, disjointed thoughts that race through the brain at 4am in the morning, Above & Beyond’s “On My Way To Heaven” is an existential rant that is typical of a band that looks well beyond the EDM status quo for its lyrical inspiration. Drawing off of that theme, the “super group” (as recently described by MTV News) looked well beyond the traditional in their next music video.
“Someone told me recently that the lyrics to ‘On My Way To Heaven’ sound like a Shakespearean soliloquy set to music,” said Tony McGuinness. “It’s a wonderful thought, and very flattering. So the idea of casting a well-known Shakespearean actor in the video to realise that idea was just too tempting. My first choice was Steven Berkoff – he does unhinged better than anyone – and incredibly, he said yes. It’s a nightmare come true.”
Steven Berkoff (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, A Clockwork Orange, The Krays) is cast as the tortured Shakespearean thespian that he has played so many times in his career. The video sees a typical Berkoff performance of the song’s cathartic stream-of-consciousness lyrics – struggling with the internal demons that the song describes. As Berkoff’s soliloquies and the play’s action both rise in drama, the video reaches a climactic moment of release; every bit as emotional as the track’s breakdown itself.
“On My Way To Heaven” (feat. Richard Bedford) is the latest single to be released of of Above & Beyond’s esteemed Group Therapy album, and includes the hugely popular, previously unreleased “Above & Beyond Club Mix.” The emotional track has been featured heavily in Above & Beyond’s sets on their North American Tour. It was also included in the official Group Therapy Miami video.