Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner has responded to comments made by members of the Orwells, who recently opened for the British act in the U.S. and accused them of putting on a live show that has become too “synchronized” and rote, even down to the comments Turner made between songs. Turner told Gigwise, “They should have been out trying to get laid instead of watching us every night.”
He added, “I don’t think that’s fair (to call it synchronized). There comes a time on a tour when something works and you tend to leave it alone. We have been changing it around a little bit. You can’t mess around with it too much. It’s almost like the show isn’t designed to be watched by the same person every night . . . I’m by no means f***ing phoning it in. It’s not like we have (pre-recorded) tracks, we’re up there f***ing doing it.”
- Speaking with Gigwise last month, Orwells guitarist Matt O’Keefe said: “When you’re playing arenas and everything, it’s a huge production, then the show has to become synchronized to work. So every night, no matter how (Turner) was feeling, he’d go into that opening riff. It was the exact same ad-libs he was putting between the songs.”
- O’Keefe added, “We were with them for about 50 dates, you saw them once and you’d pretty much seen every date that they’d played.”
- Arctic Monkeys have been on the road behind their fifth album, AM, which arrived last September.
- The CD’s first single, “Do I Wanna Know?,” recently topped the U.S. Alternative radio chart for several weeks, giving the band their first career Number One in this country.
- The latest singles from the album are titled “Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?” and “Snap Out Of It.”