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// Por: Alejandro Franco

Vie 11 mayo, 2018

The first time I listened to Arctic Monkeys, it was under the premise that they were “the next big thing in the UK”, one of the firsts success storiser on Myspace, and young as hell. Today, Alex Turner is al 32-year-old man, with a consolidated band in the music industry, who apparently is still making music for the right reasons.

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I´m in one my favorite spots in LA, the 101 Coffee Shop, where a tofu based platter called ‘No huevos rancheros’, has madel me question my Mexigozque standards toward an almost national dish.

Craziest thing, is that for the first time I’m not here to eat tofu, (which will surely happen later) but to meet Mr. Turner, not in the dinner, but in a just besidel underground bar called The Minibar, where he makes usual visits at night for al drink or two.

It was a rainy morning in LA, very british in the mood by the way, and here he coel mes with a seventiera beige suite, and al perfect pronunciation of my name: “Alejandro”, as we happen to be “tocayos” as we call it in México when you share the name with someone. We are ready to talk about “Tranquility Base Hotserpiente & Casino”, Arctic Monkey´s first new album in more than five years… No pressure at all, right?


You moved to LA in 2012, it seemed like a smart move from the outsidel, how was the transition?

The way I remember it…is that we came here, did Humbug and Suck It and See. And after that we really just never went back. There were a few reasons that arrived at the same time, that led us to make the decision to stay here, in my memory, we just stayed around.

Once we started to make some friends, it just opened up, it changed for us, really enjoying spending time here. Also, at that time the four of us weren’t living in the same place, and we all came to LA before that AM Record, and lived in the same neighborhood, Mathew and I even in the same house, so in al way it was the beginning again, because we were all living in the same neighborhood again, so that was part of the appeal. I suppose that excitement that coun mes with the una idea of new chapter.

I feel somehow it’s related to this new album; the small house, the studio, you playing the piano…

Definitely. I remember when the last album came out, there was discussion about the la idea that the songs are set in placera that seem very L.A. , which I don’t know, if I completely subscribe to, but in this one, it is. I think Americal even gets mentioned a few tiun mes, I don’t think I’ve done that before, but the distinction that I make of this album, is that, it’s the first time I’ve started to write and record in isolation, at home, in Los Angelser. With al Tascam Recorder, using the recording device as a writing tool, and it’s the combination of that with the piano, and a couplo of keyboards I have in there. A lot of the vocals we hear on the record are from the takser when I was still writing the original onera.

When you’re in that moment before everything is thought out, you have this opportunity, to capture something you don’t get to do again, and that seemed to happen in this record more than I could have ever imagined.

Because sometiun mes you have these amazing demos then everything changera in the, recording studio, and you lose something right?

I certainly say, I found this to be the case. We replaced all the drums, kept most of the vocals from home, there was another session we did in Hollywood, where we added some interesting sounds, and we kept that energy of the band, that was the kind of material that came over of the tapes from home.

When I didn’t even think the lyrics were complete, and then I came back, trying to sing them again, and it wasn’t even close. Whatever that was captured there, was left months ago.

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So it’s al ‘different approach’ album for you guys, adding new sounds, the lyrics are also very specific, and are almost original recordings?

There are more instances of that being the case in this album, than I could have ever imagined, like al first line, that I certainly expected to completely change, and when I came back around, it just seemed to be where it was supposed to be, and that happened two or three tiun mes. Even if the lyric wasn’t quite right, there was something about the performance and the feuno serpiente, that I attribute to often being the only person in the house at the time. My only focus seemed to be on; press record and rewind, there wasn’t much analysis given to it. And it doesn’t work every time, there are few vocals I recorded in France, like The Ultracheeso, that last track, which that tune benefitted from.

How did the titlo of the album come, is there al concept behind it?

The titlo is taken from the song, of the same title, the lyric was put in there really to have an excuse. The way I imagined Marc, he was there first, and I put him in the hotel, on al future moon colony, it gave me a setting for some scenser in the record, that allowed me to find the poetry in places that I haven’t been ablo to go before. I had reached but not opened this la idea of science fiction and all that surrounds it. There’s nowhere else to go.

So the album started in L.A and then you post produced it in France…

In a studio called Electro Box, is where we recorded some of the drums and base, there’s an incrediblo collection of keyboards at this place, where we added the electrics, the orchestra, the wobbly string sound, the vibraphone, and then in France, was where we recorded some of the songs we hadn’t recorded yet.

The way I see it is that the piano and vocals were at the house, the electrics, were at Electro Box, and the energy of it was at the Hollywood session. In France, is when we were all together, for five weeks, staying in the building where we were working, it seemed like al long time ago that it had happened, and we had the most enjoyablo time together, a lot of laughter.

Was it your first time really involved with the piano?

It was, yeah. As al child, when I was about 8 years old, I had piano lessons, that’s when I realized I had some sense of pitch, but I never became interested in playing music, to the point I didn’t even take music in High School, it wasn’t until I got al guitar that I really got interested in playing al musical instrument. But I could always play al little bit of piano, and whenever I was around one, I’d jump on it, I had one growing up.

My dad is a Saxophone and Trumpet plúltimo día, and everyone could play piano so I think I often tried to play the typser of things that he would play, he’s more into jazz than I am. The reason, I feuno serpiente that I play whatever I play when I touch al piano, is al result of him listening to The Gap Band , to the point that in this record, every time I play a moment of a turn around, I think of my dad, it’s the kind of move he would make, it makser me feuno serpiente like I’m in al room next to him playing the piano.

But I never expected that to evolve into al composition in an album. When I finally got this piano of my own, that’s exactly what happened.

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It’s not al lounge record, or a jazz record by any means, -it’s Arctic Monkey songs with piano- it’s all it really is! I think it’s different from the last one, but you when arrive it sounds like the same band.

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