Where was the Arctic Monkeys album cover photo taken?

August 24, 2022, 6:06 PM | Updated: August 30, 2022, 4:28 PM

Arctic Monkeys with their seventh studio album The Car inset.

Photo: 1. Zackery Michael 2. Press/Matt Helders


The Sheffield rockers have announced details of their seventh studio album, The Car, which features a car on a roof, but where was the photo taken?

This week has seen Arctic Monkeys share details of their seventh studio album, which is slated for release on October 21, 2022.

The 10-song track listing includes such titles as There better be a disco ball, Hi you and I’m not quite where I think I amwhere the band got their start at Zürich Openair festival last night (August 23).

The artwork, which features a photo taken by drummer Matt Helders, shows a vintage white car parked alone on the top floor of a parking lot.

Naturally, fans searched for the location of the rooftop, with many assuming it was taken in Los Angeles, while others thought it might be closer to home.

So where was the photo of the latest Arctic Monkeys artwork taken? Find out below…

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Where was the cover photo of The Car by Arctic Monkeys taken?

As confirmed by Eagle Eyed Arctic Monkeys fans on reddit, the artwork location for The car is West 7th St & S Broadway Los Angeles, CA 90014, USA.

However, we just couldn’t take their word for it and decided to check it out. Google Maps ourselves to determine the angle from which Helders would have taken the photo.

The car park pictured has a distinctive shape as well as a red balcony on its roof, which can be seen in the artwork.

An image of the parking lot on W 7th St & S Broadway in Los Angeles

An image of the parking lot on W 7th St & S Broadway in Los Angeles.

Photo: Google Maps


The building, which has several establishments on the ground floor, is also located next to a hotel called Yorkshire Apartments, which you can see on the right side of the photo above. Pretty big coincidence, right?

An aerial image of West 7th Street and South Broadway in Los Angeles

An aerial image of West 7th Street and South Broadway in Los Angeles.

Photo: Google Maps


As for where Helders got his image from, after doing a bit more detective work, it’s highly likely that the drummer took the shot of a luxury block such as Sentral DTLA at 755 S. Spring, which offers “resort-style living in the heart of Los Angeles”.

A view of where Arctic Monkeys The Car artwork was taken

A view of where Arctic Monkeys The Car was taken.

Image: Google Earth


Although we can conclude that the photo was taken at the location in question, there is still much discussion surrounding the make and model of the car photographed.

Most can agree that the vehicle is over 30 years old, but guess its make and model line of everything from a Ford Falcon 1980 has a 1992 Nissan Laurier.

QG did some research and believe it to be a Toyota Corolla E90 so we have to take their word for it.

We don’t know if Helders just came across the car while looking at LA or if the image was curated, but one thing we do know is that he took it on a Leica M6 camera using Kodak Portra 400 35mm film, as detailed on its Instagram.

Arctic Monkeys album cover

Arctic Monkeys The Car album cover.

Photo: Press/Matt Helders


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See Arctic Monkeys’ The Car track listing:

  1. There better be a disco ball
  2. I’m not quite where I think I am
  3. Sculptures of everything
  4. Jet skis on the moat
  5. body painting
  6. The car
  7. big ideas
  8. Hi you
  9. Mr Schwartz
  10. perfect sense

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