Arctic Monkeys' AM desert sessions

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 3 September 2013
Alex Turner

Alex Turner

Arctic Monkeys went to the California desert to 'brown the garlic' and perfect the songs for their new album, 'AM'

Arctic Monkeys went to the desert to perfect the songs for 'AM'.

The 'Do I Wanna Know' band worked on their latest album in Los Angeles and Joshua Tree, California and spent a long time perfecting their material with jams out in the undisturbed wilderness.

Frontman Alex Turner told Rolling Stone magazine: "We like to go out to the desert to 'brown the garlic'. If you want to be black-and-white about it, that means we went there to write.

"It's like a chemical reaction. If you get the wrong amount of one element, smoke comes out of the test tube. There was a lot of demoing and dead ends."

Speaking about how the process influenced the sound of one track, 'No. 1 Party Anthem', Alex added: "To me, that song is about a kind of midnight where you feel like you're in this parallel universe."

The singer added how the British group - which also includes Jamie Cook, Nick O'Malley and Matt Helders - were inspired to raise their game for their fifth album when they opened on tour for The Black Keys and had to win audiences over.

He said: "We went on at 8pm every night, when everyone was buying popcorn and s**t. We'd see a guy two-thirds of the way back start the show on his BlackBerry. By the end of our set, he was f***ing pogo-ing."

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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