Alex Turner On Why Arctic Monkeys' New Album Is So Different
16 May 2018, 17:29 | Updated: 17 May 2018, 16:28
The frontman spoke to John Kennedy about the change from AM to their Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino LP.
Alex Turner thinks Arctic Monkeys' new album is so different to 2013' AM because he's "letting in" more of his cultural interests.
Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino was released on Friday (11 May), providing mixed reactions from some fans over its change of musical direction.
But, speaking to Radio X's John Kennedy in a track-by-track playback of the new record, which airs this Thursday 17 May, the frontman suggests the change has a lot to do with what he consumes in his down time.
When asked if the new album's sound was due to all of the literary influences he'd gained, the rocker responded: “I think it has a lot to do with that. There’s probably a list of reasons why it’s different to AM, but that’s certainly one of them."
The Four Out of Five singer added: "I think in the past, what I was reading and watching didn’t come into the music as much as it has now. I didn’t think I was letting it in.
"I think I thought while I knew it would inform my style as a writer, it always seemed like where I would get away from songwriting, but I don’t think that’s the case anymore”.
Listen to Alex Turner's full track-by-track of the album with John Kennedy this Thursday 17 May from 10pm.
Meanwhile, Arctic Monkeys have just announced a fresh date at London's Royal Albert Hall.
Alex Turner and co will play the iconic venue on 7 June 2018 for the gig, which will be in aid of War Child UK.
See their post below:
Tickets are available by applying to be in a ballot, which opens on Wednesday 16 May at 10am and closes on Sunday 20 May at 8pm.
Full information on how to get tickets is on their official website.
See Arctic Monkeys 2018 UK Tour Dates:
Thursday 7 June - Royal Albert Hall, London - ON SALE via ballot
Thursday 6 September Manchester Arena - SOLD OUT
Friday 7 September Manchester Arena - SOLD OUT
Sunday 9 September The O2 Arena, London - SOLD OUT
Monday 10 September The O2 Arena, London - SOLD OUT
Wednesday 12 September The O2 Arena, London - SOLD OUT
Thursday 13 September The O2 Arena, London - SOLD OUT
Saturday 15 September Birmingham Arena - SOLD OUT
Sunday 16 September Birmingham Arena - SOLD OUT
Tuesday 18 September FlyDSA Arena, Sheffield - SOLD OUT
Wednesday 19 September FlyDSA Arena, Sheffield - SOLD OUT
Friday 21 September FlyDSA Arena, Sheffield - SOLD OUT
Saturday 22 September FlyDSA Arena, Sheffield - SOLD OUT
Monday 24 September - Dublin 3Arena - SOLD OUT
Tuesday 25 September - Dublin 3Arena - SOLD OUT
Thursday 27 September Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle - SOLD OUT
Friday 28 September Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle - SOLD OUT
Support on the tour comes from New York's Lemon Twigs.
Find out what Noel Gallagher thinks of Arctic Monkeys' new album: