ARCTIC MON­KEYS

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Front Page - SAM KEL­TON

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’.’’

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