Arctic Monkeys' childhood bond

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 21 August 2011
Arctic Monkeys

Arctic Monkeys

Arctic Monkeys believe they have stayed together because they were friends for a long time before forming the band

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."

Arctic Monkeys

The stomping Sheffield tykes have graduated from songs about chip shops and taxi ranks, but the ferocious singalong favourites of old should also make an appearance.

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