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 Hellcat Spangled Shalalala’, the second single from Arctic Monkeys’ new album ‘Suck It And See’ will be released on Monday the 15th of August.
‘The Hellcat Spangled Shalalala’ will be available on 7′ (RUG422) and digitally (RUG422D). The single will be backed with brand new song ‘Little Illusion Machine (Wirral Riddler)’ by Miles Kane and the Death Ramps.
Arctic Monkeys will be headlining V Festival and the following arena shows in the autumn:
Saturday 20th August Hylands Park ‘ V Festival
Sunday 21st August Weston Park ‘ V Festival
Friday 28th October Nottingham Capital FM Arena ‘ SOLD OUT
Saturday 29th October London The O2 Arena ‘ SOLD OUT
Sunday 30th October London The O2 Arena ‘ EXTRA NIGHT ADDED
Tuesday 1st November Cardiff Motorpoint Arena ‘ SOLD OUT
Wednesday 2nd November Manchester MEN Arena
Friday 4th November Birmingham LG Arena
Saturday 5th November Newcastle Metro Radio Arena- SOLD OUT
Sunday 6th November Aberdeen AECC
Tuesday 8th November Glasgow SECC Hall 4
Wednesday 9th November Liverpool Echo Arena
The Vaccines and Smith Westerns will be supporting on the UK arena dates.
For more info, contact: Paul Sandell ‘ email@example.com / 0208 875 1390
Arctic Monkeys played a storming set at the iTunes festival in London last night (06.07.11).
The ‘Don’t Sit Down ’cause I’ve Moved Your Chair’ rockers showcased tracks form their latest album ‘Suck it and See’ as well as their biggest hits as part of the free series of concerts at London’s Roundhouse venue.
Walking on stage to Hot Chocolate’s ‘You Sexy Thing’, the four-piece group opened with new track ‘Library Pictures’, before moving on to 2007 single ‘Brianstorm’.
Frontman Alex Turner rarely engaged with the crowd throughout the performance, but after playing new track ‘She’s Thunderstorms’ he said: “That was from the new Arctic Monkeys album ‘Suck it and See’. And we’ll have some from that later, but now,” before launching into ‘Teddy Picker’ from their second album ‘Whatever People Say I am, that’s What I’m Not’.
The group – completed by Jamie Cook, Nick O’Malley and Matt Helders – concentrated on material from ‘Suck it and See’ and their first two albums, playing only one track, ‘Crying Lightning’, from 2009′s ‘Humbug’.
Alex has recently said the band are “more confident” now and he feels their songs are so good, they can work on improving their stage show, rather than their songs.
He said: “We’re more confident as a band at the moment. We can relax a bit more and put more effort into our high kicks now. Maybe it’ll be time to get some pyrotechnics out soon.”
The band’s set climaxed with the slow burning ’505′, for which they introduced support act Miles Kane, who joined the group to play guitar.
The iTunes Festival 2011 runs throughout July at London’s Roundhouse venue, showcasing acts including Adele, Bruno Mars and Glasvegas. Tickets are free and distributed via the iTunes Festival website.
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