Jucifer Have Two Films in the Works
Most bands don’t have one film on the docket, other than a concert/backstage tomfoolery DVD, much less two. But then there’s Jucifer, who have two films based on the band coming out. The first is by director David Hall, whom Noisecreep has covered multiple times regarding his metallic films!
“His film about us is called ‘The Executioniz Comes Tomorrow: Jucifer Live at Call the Office,’” vocalist/guitarist Gazelle Amber Valentine told Noisecreep. “I anticipate it will be filled with bizarre imagery and plotlines wrapping around his footage of our show last summer in London, like a psychedelic, strychnine-laced burrito?”
While a mind-f—ing, poisonous burrito sounds delicious and deadly, the second film is called ‘Metalhead’ and is directed by Derek Cianfrance, featuring Jucifer at the films’ core. “His most recent film, ‘Blue Valentine,’ just did really well at Sundance and was sold for production, which is awesome,” Valentine said. “His style is very beautiful, very lyrical and he likes to work a lot with emotion. ‘Metalhead’ is part documentary in the sense that it covers us doing all the things we do as we travel playing shows, but it also has a huge fictional plot which means a lot of acting for us.”
Whoa! Jucifer are acting? Hell yeah they are. But according to Valentine, it’s not all fun and games. “It’s hard work shooting a movie as an actor, and for director and crew, too. It really makes you understand that actors earn their pay. 15 hours a day of channeling emotions on command is very draining! But it’s an awesome opportunity for us.”
Another thing that can be very draining is a Jucifer live performance, which is enough to knock you on your puny ass, suck the life out of you and put you in a coma as a spectator. But Valentine and husband, drummer Edgar Livengood, put just as much into the sets. “We set up a huge wall of amplification and our own lighting, which we run ourselves,” Valentine said. “It takes us three hours in and three hours out, but our shows aren’t as dependent on the venue’s stuff as they would be for most bands. Being able to surround ourselves with the sound of the guitar and lighting that matches the mood of each song makes it a total release and very personal.
“We get off on it every single night. I think when you’re loving what you do and giving it your all, that translates to the audience and lets them get off on it with you. Our shows feel incredibly cathartic to us — partly the emotion, partly the volume and partly the physical exertion — and people watching describe it that way too.”