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