Arctic Monkeys think being childhood friends has kept them together.
The British quartet – Matt Helders, Jamie Cook, Nick O’Malley and Alex Turner – have been pals since growing up in Sheffield, North England, and think their solid bond has stopped them succumbing to the
pressures of fame.
Alex said: “Our friendship definitely has something to do with it [staying together]. We grew up pretty much on the same street. So we’d hung around with each other a long time before we were a band and that
helps you bypass a lot of those pitfalls.”
However, the ‘Mardy Bum’ hitmakers admit they occasionally row, but think their arguments are normal.
Alex said: “You’re bound to argue, but I think we get around a lot of that stuff. It’s maybe something about where we’re from. We’re all pretty laid back.
“Everyone gets aggravated but there aren’t too many tantrums.”
Nick added: “Even if you ran a shop with your brother, you’d have fights. It’s that natural sibling rivalry thing.”
The ‘Don’t Sit Down ‘Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair’ hitmaker had a stint living in New York, where he wrote the band’s latest album, ‘Suck it and See’, but for him, the experience only highlighted how much he identified with his homeland.
He told the Metro newspaper: “I did live in America for a minute. But we’ve pretty much moved back to England now.
“Thing is, if anything, I think I get more English when I spend time in America. I wrote a lot of the new album while I was living in New York and I found myself using more English colloquialisms than ever.”
Although he always sings in a distinctly northern English accent, Alex admits he drops it when he’s performing karaoke, especially on US rap tracks.
He added: “My karaoke tune of choice is Tupac’s ‘California Love’. Me and our drummer, Matt, we also do a good Eminem and Dr Dre, ‘Guilty Conscience’, and a mean version of R Kelly’s ‘Bump N’ Grind’.
“But I’m almost ashamed to admit that I do rap in an American accent when I’m doing karaoke. Maybe I should try and do Tupac in a Yorkshire accent. That’ll be interesting.”
Arctic Monkeys are currently on tour across the US.
The group will release ‘Suck It And See’ on June 6 and drummer Matt Helders has promised the 12-track record will be more accessible than their last effort, 2009′s ‘Humbug’. He said: “Some of the songs are a bit more instant. A bit more poppy, certainly than ‘Humbug’ was.
“It’s enjoyable for us and the listener. And it’s maybe a bit more easy going. Not easy listening, but with a few poppier tunes. But in an interesting way.”
The ‘Brianstorm’ rocker – who is joined in the band by frontman Alex Turner, guitarist Jamie Cook and bassist Nick O’Malley – also revealed before going into the studio, the band had a more clear direction of how they wanted the record to sound than they did when they began working on ‘Humbug’.
He added to NME magazine: “With ‘Humbug’ we recorded 25 songs and narrowed it down afterwards. This time we had a clear idea of where we were going before we even went to the studio.”
Alex Turner has announced details plans for his first solo recording.
The six track EP is set to be released alongside the film ‘Submarine’, which is directed by ‘The IT Crowd”s Richard Ayoade and is based on the novel by Joe Dunthorne.
The EP is issued on March 14, with the film going on general release on the 18th.
The track listing is:
1. Stuck On The Puzzle(Intro)
2. Hiding Tonight
3. Glass In The Park
4. It’s Hard To Get Around The Wind
5. Stuck On The Puzzle
6. Piledriver Waltz
Miles Kane celebrates debut single release. Miles Kane – former frontman of the Rascals and one half of the Last Shadow Puppets alongside Arctic Monkey Alex Turner – has announced plans for the release of his guitar-grinding debut single ‘Inhaler’ on Columbia Records. The limited 7′ and digital download b-side features a dazzling cover of Lee Hazlewood’s psych-pop classic, ‘Rainbow Woman’. The single release will be preceded by a run of four, intimate solo shows, including a free show as part of Liverpool Music Week.
Miles Kane will play:
Mon 8th STOKE, Inventions Presents @ The Underground
Tue 9th LEEDS, The Cockpit
Thurs 11th LIVERPOOL, Mojo
Fri 12th MANCHESTER, Lost & Found @ The Ruby Lounge
Miles will also be special guest to The Courteeners in December at the following shows:
Sat 4th LEICESTER, O2 Academy
Sun 5th GLASGOW, Barrowlands
Tues 7th LONDON, Forum
Wed 8th LEEDS, O2 Academy
Fri 10th MANCHESTER, MEN Arena
Arctic Monkeys’ Alex Turner has written the soundtrack for an upcoming British film called Submarine. As OUR SOURCE reports, Turner has penned a number of songs for the soundtrack, which will be mixed by Simian Mobile Disco’s James Ford. Directed by Richard Ayode, who is known for his acting roles in TV shows like The IT Crowd and The Mighty Boosh, the director has worked with Arctic Monkeys before on their 2008 live music DVD At The Apollo, plus directed their music videos for ‘Fluorescent Adolescent’, ‘Crying Lightning’ and ‘Cornerstone’. Set to be released in 2011, Submarine is being based on the debut novel of the same name by Joe Dunthorne and is based on the story of a 15-year old boy who is trying to lose his virginity, whilst struggling to keep his parents together.
Alex Turner has stopped giving Alexa Chung fashion advice. Alexa Chung doesn’t take style advice from her boyfriend. The British TV presenter – who claims her style icons are the model Jean Shrimpton and actress Charlotte Rampling – admitted Arctic Monkeys singer Alex Turner has stopped giving her his opinion on her outfits, though she thinks he has good taste when it comes to accessorising. She said: “Boys don’t get my female heroes. But Alex doesn’t pass judgement on anything I wear. He’s good at picking shoes, though.” The 26-year-old brunette insists she doesn’t think about her own style very much as most of the things she wears don’t belong to her. She said: “I genuinely dress to please myself. People think my wardrobe is more extensive that it is – most of it is on loan. I was joking before that everything I own has ‘sample’ stitched in it.” Alexa, whose skinny frame has been a subject of much debate, also insisted that she only lost a bit of weight when she was stressed out with work and drinking less alcohol. She said: “Stress manifests itself in different ways for different people. I tend to get thinner when I’m more tired. I know plenty of skinny girls who get thinner when they’re tired or stressed – it just shows up more on me because I’ve got a small frame anyway. “I just tend to get more gaunt in my face when I’ve been working that much. I had a fatter face when I was drinking just whiskey – that’s probably more unhealthy! But I don’t think you can compare pictures of me and ever say I’ve been big.”
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By distilling the sounds of Franz Ferdinand, the Clash, the Strokes, and the Libertines into a hybrid of swaggering indie rock and danceable neo-punk, the Arctic Monkeys became one of the U.K.’s biggest bands of the new millennium. Alex Turner and Jamie Cook jumpstarted their careers in 2001 after receiving guitars for Christmas; two years later, they began performing shows around their native Sheffield with drummer Matt Helders and bassist Andy Nicholson. A series of demo recordings followed, and the Arctic Monkeys’ audience swelled as fans circulated those recordings via the Internet. The teenaged musicians soon found themselves at the center of a growing media circus, with such outlets as BBC Radio examining the band’s music and mounting hype.
By distributing their homemade material on the Internet, the Arctic Monkeys were able to build a rabid fanbase without the help of a record label, effectively circumventing the usual road to superstardom. They continued to buck tradition by signing with Domino Records in 2005, eschewing a major label’s help for Domino’s D.I.Y. mentality and hip roster (which also included Franz Ferdinand, a touchstone for the band’s sound). The smart moves paid off, as the Arctic Monkeys’ first two singles — “I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor” and “When the Sun Goes Down” — topped the U.K. charts. Critical reception was similarly favorable, but few could have predicted the whirlwind success of the band’s debut album, which ousted Oasis’ Definitely Maybe as the fastest-selling debut in British history (a record that was lost one year later to Leona Lewis’ Spirit). Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not sold 363,735 copies during its first week alone, transforming the Arctic Monkeys from underground stars into mainstream figures.
The Arctic Monkeys’ debut sold approximately 300,000 copies in America — enough to warrant more media coverage, but notably less than the album’s British sales during its first week alone. Nevertheless, the band’s success continued as they released a spring EP, Who the F*k Are Arctic Monkeys, and prepared for a stateside tour. Temporary bassist Nick O’Malley was brought aboard for the band’s American shows, while a fatigued Nicholson stayed at home. Nicholson then announced his official departure when the band returned home in June 2006, and O’Malley remained with the Arctic Monkeys as a permanent member. That Fall, the musicians received the 2006 Mercury Prize and donated the accompanying money to an undisclosed charity. Additional accolades included “Best British Breakthrough Act” at the Brit Awards and “Best New Band and Best British Band” at the NME Awards. NME also made a bold assertion by deeming the band’s debut one of the Top Five British albums ever released.
Released in April 2007, Favourite Worst Nightmare updated the the Arctic Monkeys’ sound with louder instruments and faster tempos. The bandmates had recorded the sophomore album quickly, wishing to return to the road as soon as possible, and the speedy turnaround between records only helped solidify the band’s popularity at home. Favourite Worst Nightmare sold 85,000 copies during its first day of release, while all 12 tracks entered the Top 200 of the U.K. Singles Charts. As Alex Turner briefly turned his attention to a side project, the Last Shadow Puppets, the Arctic Monkeys’ second album earned another Mercury Prize nomination and took home two titles at the 2008 Brit Awards.