Arctic Monkeys’ Alex Turner Says He’s Switching The ‘Rock Band’ Bit On And Off

Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner recently spoke to The Guardian and revealed that he tried to switch the ‘rock band’ bit periodically on the band’s upcoming studio album.

After releasing their sixth album ‘Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino’ in 2018, Arctic Monkeys headlined several festivals. They promoted the album with a global tour which ended up being their biggest show. The band broke their five years of silence with this album and achieved great success. In December 2020, they released a live album of their performance at the Royal Albert Hall.

On December 8, 2021, Arctic Monkeys headlined the 2022 Reading And Leeds Festival. On August 23, 2022, they debuted a song titled ‘I Ain’t Quite Where I Think I Am.’ After hearing this much-awaited new material from the band, fans were excited about a new album. Soon after, Arctic Monkeys announced their seventh studio album ‘The Car.’

Set to release on October 21, 2022, ‘The Car’ features songs written by Alex Turner himself. The first single from the album, ‘There’d Better Be A Mirrorball,’ was released on August 30, 2022. ‘I Ain’t Quite Where I Think I Am’ turned out to be the second single, and the following songs were ‘Body Paint’ and ‘Mr. Schwartz.’ Speaking to Guardian, Turner revealed more details about ‘The Car.’

In the interview, Alex Turner said he tried to switch the ‘rock band’ bit on and off in ‘The Car’ rather than making it a complete rock album. According to the musician, there is one song in the album titled ‘Sculptures Of Anything Goes,’ which makes the ‘rock band’ feel come up several times and switches it back off. So, it appears ‘The Car’ album will be somewhat different than their previous efforts.

Here is what Alex Turner told The Guardian about the upcoming album:

“Rather than strings on top of rock, I was interested in switching the ‘rock band’ bit on and off. With the ‘Sculptures’ song, the ‘rock band’ fader comes up for two bars here and there, and then it’s switched back off.”

You can listen to Arctic Monkeys’ recent release, ‘Body Paint,’ below.