Alex Turner: “Last year I was trying to come to terms with the idea that I’m a songwriter. I’ve gotten into country music, which I never really had a connection with or understood before. But someone like
Townes Van Zandt is amazing — that’s what music’s all about, when you hear something and you don’t really have a choice but to think, ‘Oh fuck, all right, I’m going there then.’ That’s what I got with his records.”
Arctic Monkeys are an English indie rock band. Formed in 2002 in High Green, a suburb of Sheffield, the band currently consists of Alex Turner (lead vocals, lead/rhythm guitar), Jamie Cook (rhythm/lead guitar), Nick O’Malley (bass guitar, backing vocals) and Matt Helders (drums, backing vocals).
The band have released four studio albums: Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not (2006), Favorite Worst Nightmare (2007), Humbug (2009) and Suck It and See (2011), as well as one live album At the Apollo (2008). The band’s debut album became the fastest-selling debut album in British music history, surpassing Oasis’ Definitely Maybe and remains the fastest-selling debut album for a band in the UK. The band have won five Brit Awards—winning Best British Group twice, and have twice been nominated for Grammy Awards.
Last year Turner confirmed on 16 February that the band had recently recorded a new song, to be released before summer, and will be returning to the studio over the summer to record. Turner also discussed the direction in which the band were headed regarding the sound of their next album, saying that it would bear more similarities with the “dirty side” of “Suck It and See” and songs such as “Don’t Sit Down Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair”.
On 26 February, the band released a brand new song titled “R U Mine?” on their YouTube channel. On 4 March, it went to No. 23 on the UK Singles Chart on downloads alone. On 21 April, the song was released as a single, with the track “Electricity” as a b-side, released additionally for the Record Store Day.
On 17 September, internet rumours suggested that the band were about to begin recording for their 5th album, in the Joshua Tree desert in California. The rumours were confirmed true by Matt Helders’ mother when she tweeted: “I don’t know if it helps to clear things up but lads are in the desert!”
Arctic Monkeys announced, on 27 November, their first live appearances for 2013 at various European festivals, indicating they will go on tour with their upcoming album 2013. So far, Arctic Monkeys have been confirmed for Open’er Festival, where they will perform on July 4, 2013, and Super Bock Super Rock Festival, where they will perform on July 18, 2013. Rumors suggest that these festivals will be practice for an upcoming album tour.
Turner has maintained a very private life, and shunned media publicity when declared the Coolest Man On The Planet by NME magazine in December 2005.
The Arctic Monkeys played the historic Apollo Theater in NYC. The band had a great welcome. Located in Harlem, the Apollo Theater was one of the most important centers of black culture in the twentieth century and continues to this day to be a wealth of innovative programs and artistic greatness.