Arctic Monkeys singer “glad of the break” between Albums
Written by Scott McGerty on 13th May 2018
Arctic Monkeys singer Alex Turner has said he is “glad” his band have had a nearly five-year gap between albums.
The Sheffield rockers have just dropped their hotly-anticipated sixth album ‘Tranquility Base Hotel And Casino’, a follow-up to their Mercury Prize-nominated 2013 effort, AM.
Turner, the band’s frontman, said he initially thought they would carry on and work on a new record straight after the AM Tour in 2014.
The singer has been talking about the break in releasing music with DJ Zane Lowe on his Beats 1 show on Apple Music.
“We were really enjoying the tour and everything that happened with that record. I remember thinking we were going to go straight into something else and then for various reasons that didn’t happen.” – Alex Turner
The bands new album has been described as “fascinating” and “surreal” and has received mixed reviews from critics and fans so far.
Speaking about the new record, Turner said there has been a notable “shift” from AM, which included hit singles ‘Do I Wanna Know’ and ‘Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?’
“I suppose there has always been between each record but maybe this one, from what I can tell from people’s reactions, it’s greater than before or greater then perhaps I had envisioned it was,” – Alex Turner
Turner – who also appears in supergroup The Last Shadow Puppets – said the new album was largely influenced by the world of sci-fi, particularly as the eighth track is called Science Fiction.
Last month the band announced that they’ll be heading out on tour across the country including a stop in the North East.
The band will perform at the Arena in Newcastle on Thursday 27th September 2018.
Meanwhile, the bands new album ‘Tranquility Base Hotel And Casino’ was released on Friday (11th May).