On Our Radar: In “Come From Wood,” Kamikaze Nurse reminds us that dance can be powerful when it’s raw and crazy

As much as I hate to butt into stories, sometimes it’s necessary. Like when, for example, one is trying to make sense of Kamikaze Nurse’s “Come From Wood”.

Here’s something that is the Scout’s honor truth: Thanks to an acquaintance we’ll simply refer to as “Potsie,” I’ve seen more modern dance performances than I care to count.

It is true that there have been nights when I wish I had barricaded myself in and refused to leave the house. Those nights have nothing to do with the quality of the dancing on stage, which is often world-class, but speak to personal preference.

To put things in Neanderthal terms, I don’t give a shit about the nylon stocking and tutu companies that perform a technically perfect arabesque, pirouette, or grand jeté on a dark stage lit by a single white light. It’s probably for the same reason I don’t give a shit about virtuoso performances by Yngwie Malmsteen, Eric Clapton or Phish. There is nothing more boring than perfection designed and perfected to please the purist.

But for every night I wish I’d stayed home to watch reruns of Married with children, Full houseY Charles in charge, there have been a dozen evenings that have been nothing short of amazing. Thanks to Potsie, whose name dates back to her audition for the role of Richie Cunningham’s best friend in a Theater Under the Stars production of a Happy Days musical: I have seen things for which I am deeply grateful.

Like the hypnotically creepy staging of Kokoro Dance from Bats on Granville Island. And La La Human Steps mesmerizingly meditative infanta is destroy.

Or Dana Gingras surrounded by dozens of ghostly suspended vintage radios at the Cultch in heart like sand, transcendentally lost in a creepy world created by Chicago-based sound artist Anna Friz. and Shay Kuebler, in Karoshi, breaking piles of crockery while trying not to fill up scanners in a phone booth.

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I could go on, but you get the idea.

All of this brings us to the video for Kamikaze Nurse’s “Come From Wood”, which starts off quite serenely before going completely crazy.

We begin with singer KC Wei in a nothing short of mystical West Coast forest that’s filled with towering trees, thick carpets of moss, distant atmospheric fog, and hanging fruit that prove you shouldn’t eat anything that doesn’t come from a supermarket shelf. . One minute you’re picking the world’s most delicious red apple from a tree, the next you’re melting psychedelically on the forest floor, at which point the fun begins.

For fun, we’re talking about what appears to be the world’s largest dance piece. Think of humans doing their best approximations of silkworms having grand mal seizures. Unrepentant weirdos doing the Hullabaloo in red-orange body suits, some with modified balaclavas, and some trench coats and ski jackets whose colors are not found in nature. Not to mention the gap.

Don’t forget about the human apple tree.

Eventually, the various members of the Kamikaze Nurse work their way through the madness, set up their instruments, and proceed to change the narrative from chaotically crazy to coldly beautiful. There’s always a lot to love in videos where a band oozes charisma as they tear it up as the camera rolls.

Kamikaze Nurse obviously has, like all bands, influences: you’ll hear traces of everything from shoegaze distortion sheets to gold-soundz dream-pop and motorik Krautrock. At the same time, the quartet of Wei, Ethan Reyes, Sonya Eui and John Brennan use their favorite records as a springboard for something that makes you think maybe you haven’t heard it all before. And even if you have, you certainly haven’t from a Vancouver band in the vein of Kamikaze Nurse.

As the video ends, the dancers return to take control, first freeing the Kamikaze Nurse members from their instruments, some then writhing like ghosts in cocoons, others swarming the human apple tree that suddenly stands tall after appearing out of nowhere. .

What does this all mean? If you’ve seen enough boundary-pushing modern dance, you can probably, bringing your own interpretations to the table, try to find the answer. Or, you know, after doing some internet research, locate and ask Potsie. Who will be the first to correctly point out that one should never intervene in a piece that he has written?

Kamikaze Nurse Video – Come From Wood (Official Video)

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