JUN­GLE

From bratty up­starts to crit­i­cally ac­claimed rock stars, Arc­tic Mon­keys are head­ing back to Aus­tralia to show­case their lat­est al­bum AM

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mak­ing an­other charge to re­claim lost ground.

Af­ter the re­lease of their ex­plo­sive de­but al­bum What­ever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not, the Mon­keys sold out theatre shows here in sec­onds.

On their last na­tional run they were at the mid-sized barns and for this month’s Aus­tralian shows, they have grad­u­ated to are­nas.

“While I would like to have a con­ver­sa­tion that the stars are align­ing and it is all about gui­tars again, I am not sure that is yet the case,” Turner says.

“We still have a way to go be­fore it has its mo­ment again.

“About 10 years ago, a bunch of gui­tar bands came out and ev­ery­one loved that.

“With us and Queens and the other bands you men­tion mak­ing in­ter­est­ing records this year, that may go some way to hope­fully en­cour­ag­ing new rock bands to get out there.”

Turner says the thing his band shares in com­mon with those other rock pro­tag­o­nists, in­clud­ing our own Tame Im­pala, is they are “up to some­thing”.

“Prob­a­bly one of the rea­sons Josh and us lot get on so well is they are ‘up to some­thing’ and I like to think we are as well. There are plenty of bands out there who aren’t up to any­thing,” he says.

The Mon­keys and the Queens have be­come mates since Joshua Homme pro­duced their third record Hum­bug and his in­flu­ence, as well as his voice and gui­tar, make cameos on AM.

There is also a darkly sexy swing about AM which is very rem­i­nis­cent of Homme’s work.

Turner may be get­ting a tad bored with the fas­ci­na­tion with their friend­ship but agrees the im­pact of the Queens front­man’s work has car­ried through to now.

“Josh had a mas­sive in­flu­ence on us when he worked with us on Hum­bug; I see that as a sort of turn­ing point,” he says. “We had stronger legs af­ter mak­ing that al­bum. And yeah, we’re friends now, we en­joy each other’s com­pany and the rest of the band and to be hon­est, I don’t have a lot of friends who are mu­si­cians.”

While he en­joys a good time, the singer is smart enough not to chal­lenge the sea­soned party vet­eran.

“He is twice the size of me, re­ally you would have to give me some kind of hand­i­cap.”

Turner has also be­come a big fan of Tame Im­pala, who will play the Mon­keys’ two out­door shows in Lon­don in May.

“We are big fans – they are one of those bands who are up to some­thing, they are a great band. ” Arc­tic Mon­keys and Pond play the Bris­bane En­ter­tain­ment Cen­tre this Wed­nes­day.

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