Following the release of singles SQUARING THE CIRCLE, and FIGHTER, Sneaker Pimps has debuted a dynamic new video via their YouTube channel. The video, set to Fighter, was directed, shot, and edited by Sneaker Pimps’ Chris Corner, and reflects the themes of the song: mental illness, self-doubt, and the strength to persevere through it all.
“We live in a world of mental illness where we are surrounded by profound idiocy and overload. Fighter is an ode to a struggle to tune out, gain strength and breakthrough. In the video, the character’s fight is ridiculous, there is no other. In the grip of the darkest depression and anxiety the opponent is her own mind. She locks herself in her ring, painting a circle and shrinking her world even further. Freeze, flight, or fight. Self fulfilling prophecies. She’s wrapped in a gimp suit because she’s a slave to her own negative narratives. Trapped by vices and triggered by the most innocuous objects. In this world, bouncing balls and balloons become existential threats.
But there’s also a faint light of hope. She’s dancing in the face of the full catastrophe of life. She will prevail, she always has. Round 2.” – Chris Corner
Followers of Corner will be familiar with his DIY approach and the lengths he’ll go to for his work. The video was done with a minimal team near his studio in Pioneertown, CA.
“I shot the video in anamorphic to give it a filmic stretched and otherworldly feel. Soft flares and subtle distortions to add distance, keeping us as the viewer outside of the fighter’s world. My crew spent weeks painting and repainting the set to find just the right queasy color. Repeatedly repacking hundreds of bouncing balls and balloons for shot after shot. Everything you see is on camera. Simple but time consuming.
Janine from IAMX was willing to jump into the gimp suit and suffer in extreme desert heat. If you look close you’ll see real sweat dripping down the arms. Everybody worked like dogs for the love of it, this was the ultimate no ego video. Those people are my heroes.” – Chris Corner
The Fighter video comes just a few days after the group revealed a hauntingly gorgeous lyric video for Squaring The Circle. This video was also created by Corner and features a mysterious shape shifter, floating in a green abyss, and occasionally peering out at the viewer as she expands and contracts to the heartfelt melody. Both Fighter and Squaring The Circle will be featured on the Sneaker Pimps upcoming album, also titled “Squaring The Circle”.