If you’ve ever had the chance to see one of The Chemical Brothers’ rare U.S. live shows, consider yourself quite fortunate indeed: In spite of putting out seven studio albums in their 20-odd-year career, the duo visits our shores something like once every five years, typically with just a handful of large-scale appearances. Those few shows, however, are unforgettably magical journeys fueled by mind-blowing assaults on the senses, intangibly exquisite mélanges of sound, vision, energy, and emotion — something akin to out-of-body experiences, perhaps.
But hey, even though we’ve had the honor of actually being there, we’re really not trying to rub it in: For one-night only on Wednesday, February 1, you have a chance to experience the next best thing to seeing The Chemical Brothers live – which is watching their new “Don’t Think” concert film on the big screen.
Directed by Adam Smith – the British pair’s longtime visual collaborator who is also commonly described as “the third Chemical Brother” – the film was shot with 20 cameras at Japan’s Fujirock Festival in July 2011 in front of a 50,000-strong crowd. Explained Smith, “I wanted to capture what it is like to experience the show from the middle of the crowd, as well as showing and combining the visuals featured in the show with the footage we captured on this one night; to see how the music and visuals emotionally affect and connect with the audience.”
Tom Rowlands (who makes up half of The Chemical Brothers – Ed Simons is the other) invites fans to watch the film in the same touchy-feely, effervescent approach captured in their songs: “Come see how it feels to feel, be overwhelmed, intoxicated, swoonerated … Surrender to the void.”
Playing nationwide in over 200 theaters, you can catch “Don’t Think” at the following NYC cinemas:
- Regal Union Square Stadium 14
- AMC Empire 25
- AMC Kips Bay 15 with IMAX
Tickets available now at FathomEvents.com. Don’t think, just do it.