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Arctic Monkeys Take "One For The Road" in Farm-Inspired Music Video

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Updated 10/25/2013 1:17pm
Arctic Monkeys Take
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Jason Scott

Staff Writer

Arctic Monkeys amp up the mystery in their newly released music video for "One for the Road." Lifted from their fifth studio album "AM," the cool, aloof vibe of the song is elevated to dizzying heights in the clip, which features guitarist Jamie Cook riding a tractor through a not-so-familiar terrain: a farm. Decked out in a full-piece suit, he meets up with the rest of his bandmates in a cornfield to witness the explosion of fireworks, and they strike thoughtful poses amidst the gathering fog. Creepy. It has an air of Halloween to it. Released this past September, the album shows an obvious evolution to the group's sound and artistic direction. Frontman Alex Turner describes it best, in an interview with Rolling Stone, "[It's] "almost like the Spiders From Mars covering Aaliyah. There's like a shimmery, intergalactic, slightly cosmic element to the way both those genres make me feel." Even with the new LP and years of experience, Turner notes that his shyness is still present in live performance. "It's a very unnatural environment to be in, up on a stage. So you put up defenses to hide. Like looking at the ground with your hair in your eyes, or being tightly wound and quite aggressive and uncooperative, as I used to do." As far as breaking through to the American audience, he explains that it took even more hard work than ever before -- a realization that came while on tour with The Black Keys last year. He says, "We'd played arenas [overseas] but we had all the fucking smoke machines and lights and had a roomful of people that know those records inside out. So maybe that did lead to kind of like, not quite complacency, but I think I was kind of used to not having to do that much, I suppose. And I remember on that Black Keys tour, thinking, 'That guy down there is just fucking looking at his BlackBerry still. Between now and the time we leave, he can't be doing that anymore.'" Arctic Monkeys' UK arena tour continues tonight (Oct. 25), including two dates at London's Earls Court. On December 10, the group will release a single version of the track on 7" vinyl ahead of a short North American tour across the Midwest and the West coast. Check out the music video below: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qN7gSMPQFss
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