Arctic Monkeys: Alex Turner on the Sheffield band’s 20 years in the music industry ahead of the release of seventh album


The Sheffield outfit announced their return this week with their seventh studio album, The Car, which was partly recorded at a priory in rural Suffolk.

As part of the launch, Turner was interviewed by Line Of Duty star and Arctic Monkeys superfan Martin Compston for The Big Issue magazine.

Reflecting on the band’s time in the spotlight, the 36-year-old singer and songwriter said, “It’s probably been around 20 years, but it’s interesting, isn’t it? Because sometimes you feel like you could walk through a door and be back there.

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“I’m trying to scratch that feeling a bit here on the new record. It feels like a long time ago, but it may be right behind you. Something is calling you back and bringing you back.

“There’s a lyric on Hello You that says, ‘I could look like 17 if I just shaved and caught some zzzzs.’ Maybe that’s kind of the bark of that tree? Well, a lot.

“I’m thinking of going to the snooker club with my grandfather and I feel like we were there – but, wait a minute, there’s all this time in between.”

Recalling how Arctic Monkeys rose to fame, Turner said, “At the time it happened very quickly and was a shock to the system. We topped the charts for the first time and everything got very different very quickly.

“But there was always the feeling that it could be over in a few months: the bottom is going to drop any minute.

“I think you mentioned (2006 track) The View From The Afternoon. We played it in the last few gigs (and) when I do that, I feel like it would take more than a shave and a sleep to turn 17!

Compston said he was “much better technically” at his own work than he was 17, but was trying to recapture the “fearlessness” he had while working with filmmaker Ken Loach on Sweet Sixteen in 2002 , which marked his film debut.

Turner replied, “Exactly, and that instinct is here somewhere, isn’t it?

“I also had phases where I was like, I need to master all my credentials, but now you don’t feel the need to prove yourself as much.”

Arctic Monkeys’ previous six studio albums went to number one in the UK.

The band’s debut album, Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not, was released in January 2006 to critical and commercial acclaim.

The Car will be released on Domino Records on October 21.


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