Songs to sing, mountains to climb.
ARCTIC Monkeys may only be in their mid- 20s but the Sheffield four- piece have accomplished more than most who are many years their senior.
Having released the game- changing album Suck It And See this year to critical acclaim, the Monkeys have a long way to go before they can be referred to as a veteran act, says frontman Alex Turner.
‘‘ We’re only 25 so I don’t know about being seasoned veterans, that’s a bit scary. I hope not,’’ Turner says on the phone from Liverpool, England.
‘‘ It still feels like we’ve got a long way to go with this album which we’re going to carry on touring into next year.
‘‘ Usually when we get to this point in our campaign, forgive me for calling it that, we’re ready to move on, but with this album we’re really pleased with it and want to keep going. The band generally has a long way to go.’’
Speaking ahead of the band’s final UK show, Turner says members are in good spirits because of the success of Suck It
And See and the UK tour. ‘‘ Everyone’s in a really good place and we’re enjoying playing the new songs as well as the old songs,’’ he says.
‘‘ It’s a great atmosphere every night and we’re really enjoying ourselves.’’
The band will have a quick break to bash out some new B- sides before making the long trip to Australia to spend the New Year and Turner still has the same resolution.
‘‘ I always have the same one,’’ he says. ‘‘ It’s to try and cook more, but it always fades out by March.’’
He adds: ‘‘[ Australia] It’s one of our favourite places to tour in the past and to do it with Miles [ Kane] as well is going to be pretty good.’’
It seems like a dream gig for Turner, heading to Australia to ring in the New Year with his best friend and Last Of The Shadow
Puppets collaborator Kane. Recently in a UK interview, it was said the Arctic Monkeys regularly ask Kane to join the band, something Turner dismisses.
‘‘ That was a sly question they asked us,’’ he says.
‘‘ We sort of said that we ask him every day to illustrate the point of how big of a superstar he is.
‘‘ He’s a superstar in his own right, but the reality is he is on fire at the moment and I can’t really see anyone putting him out.’’
Turner and the others may not refer to themselves as a veteran act just yet but there is no denying the laidback frontman has become something of a celebrity in recent years.
Having dated the likes of fashionista Alexa Chung, which introduced the scruffyhaired lead singer to the tabloid world, Turner admits sometimes it is hard to walk down the street and he tries to remain anonymous.
‘‘ In some circles, yeah, I guess it is,’’ he says.
‘‘ If I walk down the street now out the front of this venue in Liverpool, I’ll probably get into some trouble, but usually I’m pretty anonymous.
‘‘ It’s not too bad, it’s not like I’m Lady Gaga or anything.
‘‘ I find you have to try and ignore most of the things that are written about you.
‘‘ I mean from time to time me Grandad will read the paper and tell me they’re slagging me off and I’ll be like ‘ go on then what are they saying’.’’