Arctic Monkeys overhaul sound

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 31 July 2013
Arctic Monkeys

Arctic Monkeys

Arctic Monkeys were keen for their upcoming studio album to sound less like "four lads playing in a room" and instead they wanted to develop their music

Arctic Monkeys didn't want their new album to sound like "four lads playing in a room."

The 'Do I Wanna Know?' band have fused rock and hip-hop into their upcoming fifth studio album 'AM' but frontman Alex Turner was eager for the group - also made up of Jamie Cook, Matt Helders and Nick O'Malley - to pull off a sound that has a bizarre beat.

Speaking to NME magazine, Alex said: "We wanted it to sound less like four lads playing in a room this time around."

He added: "Essentially, that's what it is, but if you can find a way to manipulate the instruments or the sounds to the point where it sounds a bit like a hip-hop beat that'd be boss in your car, then I think there's something quite cool about that."

The band have a formula for creating their catchy tracks, which includes making the sound and then penning the lyrics afterwards.

Speaking about how developed their 'I Want It All' song, Alex explained: "It were quite early on, that one. We were messing around with this four-track cassette recorder, and he [Jamie] was playing this riff, so we recorded five minutes of that I wrote melodies and lyrics over top.

"That became a formula, almost - we recorded instrumentals on this four-track and then I'd sit with my headphones on and write."

'AM' is released in September.

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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