THE Streets’ Mike Skinner will present his visionary debut feature film, The Darker The Shadow The Brighter The Light, in an exclusive Q&A tour to Everyman cinemas this autumn.
The “neo-noir” clubland thriller will be shown at Everyman Leeds on September 21 (Screen 2, capacity 230, 8pm) and Everyman York on September 25 (Screen 1, capacity 200, 7pm).
Birmingham multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Skinner, 44, funded, wrote, directed, filmed, edited and scored his cinematic account of the seemingly mundane life of a DJ whose journey through London’s nightclubs turns into a tripped-out modern-day murder mystery. He designed the special effects too.
Each screening at 13 Everyman cinemas nationwide will be followed by a live question-and-answer session with Skinner, who will provide an insight into the music and story behind the film.
Noted for turning the mundane into the extraordinary in examining life’s nuances, Skinner’s musical project, The Streets, will release an accompanying 15-track album – his first under that moniker since 2011’s Computers And Blues – that bears the same name as the film and is intrinsic to its development by providing the soundtrack to the story. While neither the album nor the film could exist without each other, both can be enjoyed separately, advises Skinner.
“It has been seven long years working on this film and album,” he says. “It’s something I’ve always wanted to do and after dipping my toe in with some shorts and music videos, I felt I was ready.
“I tried to go the traditional route for a bit, but it’s always served me better to follow my instincts and just get on with it myself, so I’ve directed it, acted in it, edited, sound mixed, funded, produced it all, as well as written it. The album doesn’t exist without it.
“Ultimately, it’s all the fruits of a decade on the DJ circuit, watching people in clubs and back rooms, testing out beats and basslines to see what connected – and putting it all together into The Darker The Shadow The Brighter The Light.”
Tickets for the film tour are available via The Streets’ website, thestreets.co.uk, where The Darker The Shadow The Brighter The Light can be pre-ordered ahead of its October 20 release on 679 Records/Warner Music UK.
The track listing will be: Too Much Yayo; Money Isn’t Everything; Walk Of Shame; Something To Hide; Shake Hands With Shadows;
Not A Good Idea; Bright Sunny Day; The Darker The Shadow The Brighter The Light; Funny Dream; Gonna Hurt When This Is Over; Kick The Can; Each Day Gives; Someone Else’s Tune; Troubled Waters and Good Old Daze.
The Streets’ 11-date autumn tour will take in two Yorkshire gigs: Shefield O2 Academy on October 28 and Leeds O2 Academy on November 4. Box office: ticketmaster.co.uk/the-streets-ticket/.