A group of filmmakers gathered in a props warehouse near Manchester to make the new Nine Black Alps video ‘Supermarket Clothes’, the energetic song from their forthcoming album ‘Candy For The Clowns.’ Their fifth studio album in the band’s tenth anniversary, Candy For The Clowns is old school Alps; loud, fast and catchy as hell, with an exciting and colourful video to match. ‘When we were thinking about what kind of video we wanted to do,’ says lead singer Sam Forrest, ‘we knew that we wanted it to have high production value but also try and keep a fresh, spontaneous feel.’
Enlisting director Miles Watts – who has filmed the last three Nine Black Alps videos in a variety of styles from grungy to arty – this time the band donned smart suits (‘Mainly because we’d never dressed up in a video before’ says Forrest) and staked out props company Mary Propins, with its acres of fascinating floors stacked with furniture and trinkets from various eras.
‘We knew the warehouse would have lots of weird artifacts and also fit in with the song lyrically; about being disenfranchised and kind of a ‘spare part’ to society in general’ explains Forrest, ‘so that’s why there are lots of amputated mannequins and odd pieces of junk everywhere.’
‘It’s amazing in there,’ says Watts, who enlisted the skills of filmmakers James Arden, Luke Downing and Charlotte Boyle to capture the images. ‘It’s like a cross between the last scenes of Raiders of the Lost Ark and Citizen Kane, so we couldn’t help making a few references to those films in the video.’
The album will be released on 21 April.