On the subject of hot, young indie bands reaching a broader audience through film, Japanese group Galileo Galilei will be performing at this year’s Raindance Film Festival screening of Control Tower, a film inspired by the Hokkaido-based quartet’s catalog , on October 9th.
Control Tower, which also played at this year’s Japan Cuts, is a coming-of-age tale of romance through music directed by promising up-and-comer Takahiro Miki who also directed the 2010 film adaptation of the manga Solanin.
The screening and performance will be at the Apollo Cinema in London, next to Piccadilly Circus and tickets can be purchased for £10.00. For more information about this event, check out Raindance’s official site or the press release below the bump.
Hokkaido’s hottest new talent, Galileo Galilei, prepares for success in Britain as a film inspired by their music gets its European premier at London’s Raindance Film Festival 2011 on 9 October.
The four-piece indie-rock group blasted into the mainstream after dominating Japan’s ‘Senkou Riot’ teenage talent festival. Since then, their debut single has surpassed one million download sales and their first major label album gained top five success in the country’s Weekly Oricon Album chart.
Now, a film named after the first song they ever wrote, ‘Control Tower (Kanseitou)’, sets to capture the emotion behind the chords and translate the lyrics’ message in a medium that transcends the language barrier. Upon first hearing the song live in concert, director Takahiro Miki knew that he wanted to make a film from it.
“We were surprised and thrilled when we first heard about the project,” says vocalist Yuuki Ozaki. “Kanseitou was about those feelings we had as teenagers, battling against an overwhelming sense of hopelessness as time inevitably ticks on.”
The film, screening on 9 October, tells how two alienated, directionless youths find their place in life through music and uses the band’s quaint hometown of Wakkanai in northern Japan as its setting.
‘Parade’, Galileo Galilei’s critically acclaimed debut album is available now in the UK from major digital outlets and includes ‘Kanseitou’, their breakthrough debut single ‘Hanamasu no Hana’ and nine other tracks that demonstrate why these Hokkaido boys are setting the standard for Japan’s teenage rock movement.