Arctic Monkeys have previously worked with Miles Kane and Richard Hawley under B-side alias
Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner has said he is keen to work with a female singer as part of the band’s side project, The Death Ramps.
The Death Ramps is the alias used by Arctic Monkeys to record five B-sides throughout their career. Other artists to have provided vocals on The Death Ramps material include Miles Kane and Richard Hawley. However, speaking in a new interview, Turner said he is keen to work with a female voice next.
Asked by Belgian magazine HUMO what he would write in an advert for potential collaborators, Turner replied: “They don’t have to be English musicians, we can go overseas. And that we’re looking for a woman. Really, I’d like to do a Death Ramps tune with a girl. We want to continue that B-side tradition, we just don’t know with whom. I haven’t thought about it for a while to be honest. We were very focused on the album.”
The Death Ramps have previously released tracks as B-sides on Arctic Monkeys singles, starting in 2007 with ‘The Death Ramps’ featuring on the B-side to ‘Teddy Picker’. The band’s most recent release was the Richard Hawley featuring ‘You and I’, released as the B-side to ‘Black Treacle’ in January 2012.
Arctic Monkeys release their fifth album ‘AM’ today (September 9) and drummer Matt Helders recently said that the band will call it a day before they ‘lose it’: “I’d like to think we’d stop before we saw it going that way. I don’t know how it would be overnight, unless one of us had some kind of scandal,” he told NME.
When it was suggested that bands seldom know when to call it a day, he replied: “No, I know. I mean, you can say it all you like – ‘We’ll stop when we’re not good any more, or it’s not fun, or we’re not making good records.’ We can say that all the time, but you probably don’t know, that’s the thing.”
The band’s fifth studio album features the songs ‘R U Mine?’ and ‘Do I Wanna Know?’ while guests on the album include Josh Homme and former member of The Coral, Bill Ryder-Jones.