From the ruins of the canceled Langerado Festival rises one of its headlining bands, Arctic Monkeys, which gives fans reason to celebrate by rescheduling its South Florida gig to Revolution in Fort Lauderdale (100 SW 3rd Ave.) on Saturday night (Oct. 8). The wildly popular post-punk band – whose 2006 album “Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not” was the fastest-selling debut album in British music history – storms the stage in support of its fourth studio album, “Suck It and See.” Lead singer Alex Turner talked to Miami.com about the tour and the new album.
What can we expect from your show?
All the shows have been really good, actually – we’ve got a really good stride at the moment, and there’s lots of energy. We’ve got four records now and we’re able to kind of keep it fresh and move it around. There are just loads of songs that we wanna play, and I think that’s been coming across, so there’s a good feeling in the camp.
Will we hear a lot from “Suck It and See”?
Yeah, that’s obviously the most recent, and the record that we’re promoting, so we’ll play a lot of that. But there are a few staples in there that you can’t really shake, and we don’t want to, either. I think what happens is that inevitably you kind of fall out of love with some of your older songs as you write new ones, but what I’ve found over the last eight months or whatever is, we’ve made friends with some of those songs again. And they’re as fun to play as the new ones now. It’s just a weird thing – sometimes you feel like you’re almost doing a cover of our old songs, but I think we do the best cover of Arctic Monkeys in the world [laughs].
“Suck It and See” is quite the provocative title. What made you guys go with that?
We had a bunch of titles, and I find it really odd to put a title on a record, because I feel like that’s the point where you sort of let the balloon go, if you know what I mean. So we had a bunch of titles, some sillier than others. And I think we had a party together and the last title to call a cab was “Suck It and See.” So that’s how it came about. There’s a song on there called that as well.
Your debut album scorched other great British bands including Oasis, Blur and even The Beatles. Did that freak you out a little bit?
I thought it did, looking back on it – it was like a strange time in my head, and I really didn’t know why at the time. But obviously it was quite unusual what happened. At the same time it was the old “being in the eye of the storm” thing where we were just like four friends going out and just playing shows, and all this stuff was going on around us, and you didn’t really notice it until you looked back. I remember those days when they kept getting crazier and you’d sort of be pinching yourself and constantly looking back to where you’d come from and what had happened. I don’t think it’s healthy to keep doing that, though – it’s great what happened, but we were forced to be kind of like, “I can’t believe we’ve made it here,” and I think you get to a point where we did so much of that, we just had to be like, “Right, OK, we can move on,” you know what I mean? And that’s why I think we did that second record so fast – we wanted to keep it going. Even though we didn’t know what we wanted to do with it, we just needed to do something, like right now.
Who are some of your biggest musical influences?
I suppose The Smiths and The Jam and The Clash, and all those kinds of bands young Englishmen getting into playing guitar and rock-‘n’-roll music hope someone turns you on to. And I’m grateful that someone did. But also a lot of bands that were around at that time – like The Strokes were a big deal for us. That first record was like when we were 16, and it was like a gateway to all this other good music. Before that, we used to listen to a lot of hip-hop in school – that was our jam. There was this one artist called Roots Manuva who I was a huge fan of. That was my thing, this sort of weird rap music he used to make. He took the mundane and everyday things but with this kind of camp angle on it.
What do you think of Miami?
We actually wrote the song “Brick By Brick” in Miami last time we were there. In the hotel bar, that’s where we came up with it – so you’ve got Miami to thank for that jam.