Alex Turner reveals how he overcame writer’s block to write ‘Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino’

Arctic Monkeys' long-awaited new record is out today (May 11)

Alex Turner has revealed how he overcame writer’s block in order to pen the new Arctic Monkeys‘ album ‘Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino’.

The Sheffield band’s long-awaited sixth album was finally released today (May 11), although the Monkeys’ new direction has somewhat polarised fans of the band.

Turner spoke to Beats 1’s Zane Lowe yesterday (May 10) about the new album, and at one point discussed how he managed to navigate any creative difficulties that came his way when he initially sat down to write ‘Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino’.


“There was a time [when] I’d probably sit on my bed in my mum’s house, strumming an acoustic guitar,” he recalled about his early writing experiences. “Like that first record [‘Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not’], I can’t remember how long it took but it seems like it could have just come out in a week. I didn’t have to find ways to make myself finish an idea [back then].

“And now it seems like I do, and the job is to find a way of tricking myself into having an idea, I suppose, and following it through” he continued, before agreeing with Lowe that he had experienced writer’s block.

“I think that’s quite possibly what happened this time round. We were all standing there with instruments in a room and familiar objects: you know, the same guitars we’ve used and the rig that was basically on the road. I was excited to be there with the lads. We definitely had a great time, but it didn’t seem like that was the way to do [the new album], and I needed to find a way to trick myself into it.”

Speaking to NME this week, Turner also disclosed that he felt it was time to stop singing about love when he was writing the Monkeys’ new album.