The post-apocalyptic psycho noise band present their new video featuring their drummer as a 6-year-old
We meet the Copenhagen/Berlin-based noise nuts, Pinkunoizu. Named in Japanese meaning “pink noise”, the band are known for their lo-fi aesthetics, mixed up with 60s Asian pop and post-apocalyptic future rock. Here, Jaleh Negari (drums), Jeppe Brix (guitars) Andreas Pallisgaard (guitars, vox) and Jakob Falgren (guitars, keys, foot pedal bass), formerly of acclaimed Danish post-rock group Le Fiasko - speak to us about their new video for 'Cyborg Manifesto' which Dazed premieres here.
Dazed Digital: What's the story behind the video?
Pinkunoizu: Well, the idea sprung from seeing this old childhood footage of Jaleh (our drummer). Her parents had filmed hours on end of of classic family situations from when Jaleh was a little girl. We stumbled upon this old VHS with her dancing and just couldn't get our arms down. Such hardcore moves from a 6 year old girl! We wanted to use it for something, and made the connection to our song called 'Cyborg Manifesto'. It had that same strange dichotomy between blissful nostalgia and ghostly gloomy nostalgia, which the song embodies. Making that double projection of Jaleh dancing really did it for us, and stressed the idea of the human body becoming something else; a Cyborg, a particle dividing itself, a body being two bodies in one etc. After putting the video together with the music it just matched brilliantly. Jaleh, 6 years old, danced her way through the song with little complication. I guess it works well because of the different rhythmical feelings and intensities the song is constructed around. You have the high pace mariachi guitars and hectic percussion together with an almost dancehall-like bass line and the dreamy-Hawaiian-chartered-holiday-world of the on top of that. Makes it easy to dance to a song like this, I would say.
DD: What were the inspirations for the song?
Pinkunoizu: The inspiration came from reading an essay by Donna Haraway called 'A Cyborg Manifesto', re-visiting the Terminator films and thinking about living in a country (Denmark) that is an active force in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
DD: Moving between places like Copenhagen and Berlin, what is your favourite city in the world to play and why?
Pinkunoizu: We probably don't have a favourite city to play as such. But we've had some really nice concerts playing in The Netherlands. Seems like the audience there have a really nice way of listening - either in a curious and concentrated manner, or simply by setting their bodies loose and dancing like madmen.
DD: What is your favourite sound at the moment?
Pinkunoizu: Jeppe (guitarist in the band) has an amazing way of snoring. I just discovered this in a van at End Of The Road Festival. At first you're frightened and psyched about whether you will ever fall asleep, but then you might discover the calm, mellow character the sound has to it. I ended up feeling safe and guarded by his snoring, imagining a friendly animal of otherworldly dimensions laying by the fireside, being there just to make me dream better.
DD: What are you most excited about next?
Pinkunoizu: Starting my work mixing and mastering two records by danish bands Sad Lovers and Travelling Tribes. Both really good stuff. And looking for a place to stay in Copenhagen, since we are moving back there around November.