For has many years as the Chemical Brothers have been around and doing there thing it’s hard to believe that Don’t Think marks the first time one of their live shows has been officially captured on film. Don’t Think is also the first concert film to feature Dolby 7:1, surround sound, mixed for the big screen by the band themselves. And it sounds like it’s going to be pretty impressive. The film, directed by long-term visuals collaborator Adam Smith, was shot at the Brothers’ show at Japan’s Fuji Rock Festival on Sunday July 31st 2011. 20 cameras were used to catch it all; some placed center stage and others right in thick of the crowd capturing the fan’s point of view and all the reactions happening around them.
There’s a big global cinema run in the works. It is due to be shown on more than 500 screens in over 20 territories starting February 1st, 2012.
You blink awake and find yourself halfway up the side of a Japanese mountain. It’s night time, right at the sticky middle point of summer. You’re in an opening in a darkened wood surrounded by—say—50,000 other revelers, each of them frenzied; delirious from an all-encompassing psychedelia that seems to be emanating from a stage somewhere in the near distance. Above you, lights swoop and strafe across armies of marching toy robots and galloping deconstructed horses; paint balls explode in front of borderline psychotic clowns. You’re in the thick of it, consumed by the spectacle, absorbed into the crowd, surrendering to the noise and the visuals. Stunned by the jaw-dropping intensity of what you’re witnessing, just one thought flashes through your febrile mind.