I have to admit that after watching this video, I don't think it really does the track justice. To be perfectly honest, I find it a little odd, almost taking away from the song. Obviously Above & Beyond can do whatever they want, and I didn't hate the video. I just has a VERY different idea of what the video would be like. Watch it for yourself and let us know what you think.
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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 realize 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.