Legit before you could write cursive, The Chemical Brothers have long had a connection to film makers and now they’ve got director Adam Smith to direct Don’t Think, a concert film. Billed as the first-ever concert recorded in Dolby 7:1 and shot during a gig on a Japanese mountainside, the film is said to capture all the hyper hypo acidity we’ve come to expect of The Chemicals.
The trailer itself looks pretty wicked in a way that only the Japanese setting could pull off. A frenzied euphoric carnival of oddity sort of way with kabuki dancers, crazy interactive bug lights, clowns, random preschoolers, and traditional Japanese performers, not to mention robots. Lots and lots of robots. Did I mention robots? Robots. The entire crowd seem to be fashionably handsome (men and women), with an assortment of geeks, dweebs and weirdos – there are no quiet games of words with friends or party poker going on, and I can only imagine that kool-ade was handed out at the entrance gate.
Adam Smith (not the free market guy), if you haven’t heard of him, is a young British director who has made his name on music videos, especially for The Streets although he has made a few for the The Chemicals before. More recently he’s been making British TV programs including the creepy one Skins. Smith used to be a part of Vegetable Vision, a collective who used to make the visuals for Chemical Brothers’ raves. The other famous member of the group was Joe Wright, the director of Hanna, Atonement and the new version of Anna Karenina.
The film is named after the 2010 Chemical Brother’s album, Further, which had a bonus track on the Japanese iTunes release called Don’t Think. Each song on the album also had a short film made by Adam Smith and Marcus Lyal. The track featured in the film Black Swan, when the main character played by Emily Portman goes to a club and loses her mind.
Muse: The Chemical Brothers – Dont Think (don lowed)