Alex Turner admits he’s embarrassed by old Arctic Monkeys lyrics
When Arctic Monkeys unleashed Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not, the British young guns received universal praise for it’s bold, brash and at times snarky tellings of young-adulthood. Alex Turner was pretty much immediately recognised for his distinct lyrical style, that accentuated the music’s youthful jubilance.
Now, ahead of the release of the band’s 6th album Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino, Alex Turner has revealed his slight issue with listening to band’s old records in an interview with Annie Mac on BBC Radio 1. Mac asked if Turner ever listens to the band’s back catalogue, with Turner revealing that the band recently had a reminiscing session together.
He said that it’s “helpful” to listen to the albums before heading out on tour, however, he often questions his previous lyrical decisions.
“I think sometimes that can be helpful. In preparation for going on tour, we flicked through some of our old records,” he said. “There were a few lyrics that went by where I thought [wincing noise], ‘Don’t know what you were thinking there. Probably leave that one out now.’”
Arctic Monkey’s 6th studio album Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino is out today, which marks a significant stylistic change for the 4-piece. Sydney based fans will be treated to an exclusive pop-up store, which will feature film screenings curated by the band as well as one-off merch pieces and vinyl.
The article was originally published on Tone Deaf