SHAKE THE CAGE (für Theo)
Shake The Cage (für Theo) ’ is the brand new single released today (19th March) from Scottish duo Glasvegas who are signed to Alan McGee’s Creation Management company.
The relationship between McGee and the band goes beyond their management deal with this new track also being played over the end credits of McGee’s new movie ‘Creation Stories’ which is written by Irvine Welsh and executively produced by Danny Boyle and which comes out tomorrow (20th March) on Sky Cinema and Now TV.
“Shake The Cage” was chosen as the only current track to be featured within the film, and the band say that the track is a kind of “dystopian, free-associative ‘Choose life’ sermon” which is demonstrated with lyrics like “Stand on a wave / calculate quantum mechanics / Surf, dance / Believe in chance”
The idea for Shake The Cage (für Theo), has a somewhat unusual origin with James from the band saying the idea came to him..
“…as I was looking down at my nephew after he was born and I thinking, ‘what would I say if he could understand me?”
The remainder James says he variously credits to Stephen Hawking’s ‘A Brief History of Time’, Phillip Glass’ opera ‘Einstein on the Beach’ and his audio listening to the Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s autobiography ‘I Am Zlatan’.
“That song used to be even weirder” James promises, but Shake The Cage remains ‘plenty weird’ in its finished state!
Listen to “Shake The Cage” and watch the official video here now.
Aside from this new release, Glasvegas also have a forthcoming new album; Godspeed (due for release on April 2nd) and from which this track features, and they have recently announced a one off live stream performance from St Lukes Church in Glasgow for Be Kind Live to raise funds for the charities Tiny Changes, Canonage Youth and Street Work. This special show will take place on April 9th and will be broadcast online via Veeps.
ITV recently commissioned a special film to mark the 25th anniversary of the Dunblane Primary School tragedy, which featured original music written by James Allan of Glasvegas. James wrote a bespoke score for this incredible and extremely moving remembrance film which is authored by Lorraine Kelly and was produced by Alaska “DUNBLANE – 25 YEARS ON WITH LORRAINE KELLY” was shown on the 9th March on ITV1‘
Glasvegas have also scheduled a live UK tour which is to take place in February 2022 with full tour dates and ticket details being listed below.
Tickets at: https://glasvegas.plctrmm.to/live
Thursday 3rd February 22 Picturedrome Holmfirth
Friday 4th February 22 Warehouse Leeds
Saturday 5th February 22 O2 Academy 2 Liverpool
Sunday 7th February 22 Asylum Birmingham
Tuesday 8th February 22 Chalk Brighton
Wednesday 9th February 22 Garage London
Friday 11th February 22 Sub89 Reading
Saturday 12th February 22 Thekla Bristol
Sunday 13th February 22 Rescue Rooms Nottingham
Tuesday 15th February 22 Gorilla Manchester
Wednesday 28 February 22 Foundry Sheffield
Thursday 17th February 22 Student Union Newcastle Uni
Thursday 24th February 22 Galvanizers Glasgow
Words by SALLY NEWMAN
Photo credits Glasvegas / Chad Reider