Alex Turner admits embarrassment over old lyrics

The Arctic Monkeys frontman has spoken about re-listening to the band's old work

Alex Turner has admitted that he is embarrassed about some of his old lyrics.

Arctic Monkeys are set to release their new album ‘Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino’ tomorrow (May 11). In a four-star review, NME said the record “will reward deep-diving listeners – in particular, those with an interest in picking apart Turner’s densest and most self-aware lyrics to date.”

During an interview with Annie Mac on BBC Radio 1, the frontman was asked if he ever goes back and listens to his old work. “Like YouTubing me sen?” he said before explaining the whole band had recently looked back at their discography together.


“I think sometimes that can be helpful. In preparation for going on tour, we flicked through some of our old records,” he said. “There were a few lyrics that went by where I thought [wincing noise], ‘Don’t know what you were thinking there. Probably leave that one out now.'”

Elsewhere in the interview, Turner also discussed the references to technology on the new album and not using social media. “I’ve just had to be comfortable not having the last word,” he said of not having his own personal accounts on those platforms. “There’s always a fallback. You can get a Twitter account and set the record straight.”

Meanwhile, Arctic Monkeys have announced details of a one-off mini film festival, which will take place at the Sydney branch of their ‘Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino’ pop-up shops. Showing over two days will be the likes of Le Cercle Rouge, The Last Waltz, and Inherent Vice.