This is how it is always supposed to work. spf5Ø’s Joe Royster postedvthat he was finally getting around to watching Sion Sono’s Suicide Circle. Like most people, he was awed by the opening train sequence, but I warned him that it got even better and better as it went along, and mentioned the musical number in the Bowling Alley. Shortly after viewing Joe contacted me, letting me know that I was right about the whole musical sequence. It was obviously so inspiring that he went ahead and made a dark and demonic dance remix out of it.
I’m pretty much at the point in my life where I can positively say that Miike and Sono are my two favorite directors. I love film in general, but there is just the right combination of experimentalism and attention to tradition and craft that makes the films of these two Outlaws irresistible to my eyes. The same can be said for this spf5Ø remix of Rolly’s “Rocky Horror Picture Show” inspired number. Joe does it right… by just effecting and adding a minimal beat he creates a slow creeper that fits right into the heart of the new dark and cosmic sound that is growing amidst the underground.
Since the film itself is actually a commentary on trend vs. tradition, it seems apt material to utilize in today’s climate of media warfare. For those not aware of the film, Japanese pop star Rolly plays a Manson-esque figure named Genesis who attempts to take credit for mass suicide pact that is plaguing the teenagers of Japan. The orders are delivered via internet and symbolism displayed in the seemingly innocuous J-Pop promotions of a girl group named DESSERT. How does it all turn out? Watch the film, if you haven’t; it’s pretty much a staple of avant cinema by now.
What sings to me, however, is how the plot of the film is mimicked in this little movement [formerly?] called Witch House. As tired as I always try to get, I continue to be pulled in by the sheer poetic terrorism of using mass marketed material to destroy the evil hold that big media has over youth culture.
spf5Ø is also cofounder of the new label Aural Sects. They have been extremely diligent in creating a diverse and experimental roster that includes Texture, Tash Willmore and I Am Water.- Nattymari