Alice In Chains Reveal Unseen Footage Of Layne Staley From ‘Them Bones’ Music Video
Alice In Chains recently shared behind-the-scenes footage from the band’s ‘Them Bones’ music video with a detailed statement by the director Rocky Schenck.
One of the most prominent pioneers of grunge, Alice In Chains, released their second studio album ‘Dirt‘ in 1992, the band’s highest-selling album until now. Besides the critical acclaim it received then, the record is still considered one of the greatest albums of all time. ‘Dirt’ stood out with the hit singles like ‘Would?’ ‘Rooster,’ ‘Down in a Hole,’ and ‘Them Bones.’
The Seattle band has been preparing to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their groundbreaking album on September 29. Alice In Chains will release a special deluxe box set and share some memories of the album over the next few weeks to honor the record.
In a new Instagram post, the band revealed unseen footage of their late singer Layne Staley and the rest of the band from the ‘Them Bones’ music video. In the post’s caption, the video director Rocky Schenck reflected on his experiences collaborating with the band. Schenck stated that directing the video and working with that incredible team was an unforgettable adventure. Like pretty much any other creative work, this one was also full of hard work, laughs, and drama.
Then, the director gave details about the environment he wanted to create for the music video. All the band members helped him extensively to acquire the intended camera movements. Besides the band, the director also praised the art crew, editors, and everyone who turned it into an extraordinary experience.
Alice In Chains’ IG post read:
“From longtime collaborator and creative director Rocky Schenck:
‘Thirty years ago… I had an extraordinary experience directing the video for Alice In Chains’ ‘Them Bones’- still one of my favorites! I worked with this great group of guys for many years, and together we created some interesting photographic and cinematic art… and had a lot of fun doing it! This band always encouraged me to push my imagination to the very edge, and occasionally over the edge.
It was extremely hard work, but we had lots of laughs and like any creative collaboration, plenty of drama! I sketched a crude drawing of the set I envisioned – a large dirt hole (or stylized ‘grave’) with dripping, broken sewer lines protruding from dirt walls surrounding the band, who performed amongst pools of toxic waste.
A nuclear sky with blood red lighting would bathe the environment, with white spotlights on each band member and lightning and wind effects added. I realized that the environment I was imagining needed to be manufactured on a sound stage with a fantastical set, similar in vibe as the artificial world we created when I photographed the band’s ‘Dirt’ album cover earlier in the year.”
“I wanted the camera moves to be strangely accelerated and aggressive – moving from extreme wide angles to tight closeups in seconds. To achieve this effect, I had the band members perform in slow-motion to the song played at half-speed, as the camera operator and crane moves were executed at full speed. When the film and music were transferred at normal speed, the camera movements became twice as fast and the band’s performance appeared somewhat normal… but just a bit ‘off.’
The band was aware of the result I was aiming for with the quick camera moves, and deliberately added abrupt moves during their ‘slow-motion’ performance to great effect. The crew was remarkable – from the cinematographer to the gaffers and grips to the art crew and the editor – all extraordinary!'”
Below, you can check out the photos they posted on Instagram and watch ‘Them Bones.’
Photo Credit: Alice In Chains – Instagram