Arctic Monkeys say "Suck it and See" feels more human

Mon Jun 6, 2011 6:58pm EDT
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Remember the Arctic Monkeys?

The indie British rockers were the hottest band on the scene about five years ago when their first two singles topped the UK chart and their debut album set a new record for the fastest selling debut release.

Buoyed by the aforementioned hits "I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor" and "When the Sun Goes Down," the Arctic Monkeys were hailed as the new Oasis by Britain's music press.

Critics warmed to their witty lyrics about prostitution, drunkenness and run-ins with the police, and tickets for their shows quickly sold out on both sides of the Atlantic.

The Oasis comparison did not quite work out and the hype inevitably faded as other bands moved into the spotlight. But the Sheffield foursome still managed to top the UK album charts with its two follow-up releases, and maintained a respectable foothold in the United States.

Lead singer Alex Turner and drummer Matt Helders, both 25, recently spoke to Reuters about their fourth album, "Suck It and See," which was released worldwide this week.

Q. Is this new album more a vintage sound?

A. Turner: "I suppose you could say that. The recording techniques were a little bit more traditional. We did a lot of live takes, with the four of us playing and we wanted to get a human feel to it."

Q. Is it more mellow perhaps than previous albums?   Continued...

<p>Members of the Arctic Monkeys (L-R) Jamie Cook, Alex Turner, Nick O'Malley and Matt Helders pose for a portrait in New York's Central Park May 24, 2011. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi</p>