Arctic Monkeys To Go 'Heavier' On New Record

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.

Arctic Monkeys To Go 'Heavier' On New Record
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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."

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    Pol-Pot-Smoker
    "Hey dudes, it's that Ulrich guy talking out of his ass again... but he's cool, let's go heavy so we don't embarass him".
    Battman1993
    Dude I'd like to hear this. Even though most indie rock sucks Artic Monkeys are one of the bright spots.
    slash_015
    R U Mine is a good tune. My favourite Album is "Humbug" so far. Suck it and see was great, too. Can't wait for this new LP. Saw them in 2007 and in 2011. Funny, how they changed in...everything (Music-Style, Clothes, Stage-Show), but they never disappointed. A band that goes it's way. If every album is like "Whatever People say..." it would turn into a boring band. They do the right thing. Great band!
    CameronElektra
    Exactly what I wanted to hear. That psychadelic element of Don't Sit Down pulled me in hard and R U Mine was another good sign
    Aftertime
    I thought the heavier tracks here and there in Suck it and See made the album really fresh. A whole album just their heavy songs might be a bit much tbh
    RoomOnFire03
    '93 wrote: tbh on suck and see the highlights were the heavy stuff...the slower stuff was ok but nothing wow so its good if they focus on that
    yea, theyre especially heavy on that new single R U Mine, if they continue in that direction for their new album i will be very happy
    '93
    tbh on suck and see the highlights were the heavy stuff...the slower stuff was ok but nothing wow so its good if they focus on that
    bof92
    R U Mine was their first song i'd call an instant Arctic Monkeys classic for a long time...its a damn sight better than Brick by Brick anyways...an album of R U Mine? Well that would be just fine!
    guitarguy506
    i am a big Arctic Monkeys fan, and i'd like them to explore their heavier side, but it seems like when they crank their distortion pedal up, all of a sudden they're heavy metal..?