Yes, we know, it’s getting a little tired but as soon as the Arctic Monkeys announced their first album since 2013’s AM, the brilliantly named new album Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino was always going to be the subject of scrutiny and as Alex Turner and co begin to promote the album more and more revelations are expected.
The first of these tor precede the May 11th release is that the album’s opening track ‘Star Treatment’ has an opening line which references Turner’s long-time band crush The Strokes. With Turner growing up at a time when The Strokes were changing the face of rock and roll he clearly put a bit of that idolisation in to his work.
The line reads “I just wanted to be one of the Strokes, now look at the mess you made me make/Hitchhiking with a monogrammed suitcase, miles away from any half-useful imaginary highway.”
His first interview for the album was conducted with Mojo and although it isn’t available online yet Pitchfork shared the below snippet regarding the Strokes reference. Turner said “That’s me writing about writing … Did the Strokes line feel too close to home? Yeah, absolutely. But you can’t let that stop you.”
It also came to light that Tame Impala’s Cam Avery will feature on the album. An interesting concept that has us all wanting more. Maybe they should just drop it now?
Take a look at the little baby monkeys covering The Strokes ‘Take It Or Leave It’ back in the day