Arctic Monkeys' Stormy Progression

Frontman Alex Turner discusses the band's growth on their fifth studio album, AM, and writing the riff to "Do I Wanna Know?"
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    (l-r) Arctic Monkeys' Jamie Cook, Alex Turner, Nick O'Malley, and Matt Helders
August 19, 2014 -- 12:22 pm PDT
GRAMMY.com

Singer/songwriter Alex Turner of GRAMMY-nominated alternative rock group Arctic Monkeys recently participated in an exclusive GRAMMY.com interview and discussed creating the band's 2013 Top 10 album, AM, and writing the riff to the hit "Do I Wanna Know?" among other topics.

"We were definitely jumping for joy before we put [AM] out," said Turner. "Not because we thought we were about to sell a s***load of records, but because it felt like we'd made a genuine progression from where we started out and to what I think is a more interesting musical landscape that we're occupying now."

Formed in 2003 in Yorkshire, England, Arctic Monkeys feature Jamie Cook (guitar), Matt Helders (drums), Nick O'Malley (bass), and Turner. After attracting a sizeable fan base by distributing their demos on the Internet, the band signed with indie label Domino Records. In 2006 Arctic Monkeys released their debut album, Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not, which peaked at No. 1 on the UK Albums Chart and became the fastest-selling debut album by a band in UK history. The album garnered the group two GRAMMY nominations for 2006 for Best Alternative Music Album and Best Rock Instrumental Performance for the track "Chun Li's Flying Bird Kick." Subsequent releases include Favourite Worst Nightmare (2007), Humbug (2009) and Suck It And See (2011), all of which topped the UK chart.

With the release of AM, Arctic Monkeys made history as the first independent group to score five consecutive UK No. 1 albums. AM peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard 200, marking their highest-charting album in the U.S. to date. The album features 12 tracks, including the hit "Do I Wanna Know?"    

Arctic Monkeys are currently in the midst of an international tour, with dates scheduled through November.

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