Arctic Monkeys have shared a new video from their forthcoming album, AM. The video for the self-hating anthem, “Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High,” begins with the band taking shots in the pub and follows frontman Alex Turner out onto the streets of London as his altered state leads to an unsuccessful booty call attempt. On a quest to meet up with someone named Stephanie, Turner encounters some shady characters, overcomes hallucinatory obstacles, and eventually ends up at the wrong house when we realize that Stephanie blows “Alex band guy” off anyway.
The musical inspiration for “Why’d You Always Call Me When You’re High” is more complex than you’d think. Turner tells Rolling Stone, “we took a Dr. Dre beat from like 2001, gave it like an Ike Turner Beatles bowl cut and then set it off galloping along a Stratocaster into a liquid live show.”
The video was directed by Nabil who has worked with artists like Bon Iver, Kanye West, and Frank Ocean. “Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High” will appear on AM, along with “Do I Wanna Know” and “R U Mine” – watch them all here.
Stay tuned for AM, set to come out on September 9 via Domino.
“Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High”
“Do I Wanna Know”
“R U Mine”