NME is reporting that Sheffield based band Arctic Monkeys are planning to explore the heavier side of their song writing on their upcoming fifth record. In an interview with Artrocker magazine, front man Alex Turner revealed that rock orientated songs like "Don’t Sit Down ‘Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair" will be the benchmark for the new album:
"I think we're going to go the direction of those heavier tunes. We did 'R U Mine', and I think that's where it's going to be at for us for the next record... We feel the strength of the last record is 'Don't Sit Down…', the other songs like that – 'Brick By Brick' – the other side of it is fine, but I don't know how much more of that we can do.
The band is also planning to record the new album in their home town of Sheffield:
"It would be nice to record in Sheffield, which we haven't done for a while. I was living in New York, and that's where I wrote a lot of those songs, and the fact that me and the other chaps were on either side of a large body of water – I wrote a lot on acoustic guitar in the flat. Then we went and applied to it what we thought they needed, which is not really a way that we worked before. Mostly it's the just the four of us hashing it out in a rehearsal space, but those kind of songs were in the minority on the last record due to circumstance really."
The comments from Turner come after Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich described the band as "heavy metal." Talking about having the band on their Orion festival bill, Ulrich noted:
"For me, having the Arctic Monkeys on there is big. I think they're a heavy-metal band disguised as an indie band. If you listen to a song like 'Perhaps Vampires Is A Bit Strong But...', there's almost a Rush element in there."