Contact Music puts the latest Arctic Monkeys video under the microscope.
The Sheffield band released the official video for ‘Snap Out of It’ last week (Monday 16 June). The track is the sixth single to be taken from last year’s critically acclaimed album, AM. The video stars Mexican actress Stephanie Sigman as a woman obsessing over some personal footage of the band in the studio. As the video cuts between the actress and her acquired home footage, her obsession builds as she struggles to.. ahem.. snap out of it.
Brit Award winners Arctic Monkeys release video for latest single [Photo: Getty Images, credit: Jason Merritt]
Here are five other things we learned from the new Arctic Monkeys video:
1) The group have once again collaborated with Focus Creeps
After working with acclaimed director and Beyonce collaborator Jake Nava for their previous single ‘Arabella,’ Turner and co have returned to work with US-based directing team Focus Creeps. Previously the team have directed a number of other Monkeys’ videos including ‘R U Mine?’ ‘One For The Road’ and ‘Suck It and See.’ Focus Creeps have also worked with KD Lang, Trash Talk and the Velvet Underground’s John Cale.
2) There are the makings of a great behind-the-scenes film
Fans of the band will be happy to see some rare studio footage of the British group in the new promo. The handheld clips show that recording with Arctic Monkeys looks very relaxed and fun. The band can be seen joking around between takes, playing on vintage arcade games and there are bottles of beer dotted around the studio. The song also breaks to show Jamie Cook recording his guitar parts for popular album track ‘Number One Party Anthem.’
Arctic Monkeys performing at the iHeart Radio show [Photo: Getty Images, credit: Kevin Winter]
3) Nick O’Malley is a fan of The Horrors
The bassist can be seen sporting a t-shirt of the British band in the new video. The Horrors were personally invited to support Arctic Monkeys on their 2007 UK tour and both groups are scheduled to play this year’s Reading and Leeds Festivals.
4) Alex Turner is ‘a rock drummer’
The singer is caught on camera putting his percussion skills to the test with a pair of sticks on the stone studio walls. The group’s actual drummer, Matt Helders, recently told an Australian dj that he loves Miley Cyrus’ version of their earlier single ‘Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?’
5) Food hygiene is essential
Any chef or food expert will tell you that it’s important to cook meat thoroughly and always wash your hands when handling raw meat - which is probably what makes the shot of actress Sigman handling and tearing into the steak at around the two minute mark so unsettling.
MORE: Watch the video for Arctic Monkeys' 'Snap Out Of It'
Arctic Monkeys will headline T In The Park as well as Reading and Leeds Festivals in the UK this summer. ‘Snap Out of It’ is available to download now.