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Alex Turner Says Louis CK Inspired New Arctic Monkeys Album, "AM"

Amanda Whitbeck

by Amanda Whitbeck

Published July 31, 2013

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Arctic Monkeys are on the cover of this week's edition of NME, and in their exclusive interview, singer Alex Turner reveals an unexpected inspiration for their new album: Stand-up comedian, Louis CK. He describes a distinct similarity between his own songwriting and stand-up comedy routines:

There's a definite rock'n'roll thing to that world. There's this thing where Louis CK is talking about George Carlin, who's this famous American comedian who used to completely tear up his act at the end of every year and throw it out and write a whole new act. And in doing that you eventually run out of things to talk about. So you start looking inside to whatever darkness may lay there. And that's where you end up going. I think there's a weird symmetry with that and songwriting. Or at least there is for me.

This certainly applies to the new Arctic Monkey songs already released. "R U Mine?" - which debuted in early 2012 - and the official lead single from their upcoming fifth album, "Do I Wanna Know?" will both appear on AM, set for release on September 10th. The record will also feature a couple guests, including Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age and Bill Ryder-Jones from the Coral. Furthermore, Alex Turner revealed that AM has rap and hip-hop influences, and even a track comparable to Dr. Dre's work.

This fall, Arctic Monkeys will tour North America before heading to the UK in support of AM.

Source: NME

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