Alex Turner says he feels ‘marginally more comfortable’ as a songwriter now

The Arctic Monkeys frontman has discussed labelling himself with that word

Alex Turner has discussed his growing comfort with labelling himself as a songwriter.

Arctic Monkeys‘ sixth album ‘Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino‘ was released today (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.”

In a track-by-track dissection of the record for Pitchfork, the frontman was asked if he felt more comfortable in the role of a songwriter now. “Certainly more so than when I was 18,” he replied. “There was something wrapped up in that word that used to make me uncomfortable, but I’m marginally more comfortable with it now.”

In the piece, he also discussed the origins of the track ‘The World’s First Ever Monster Truck Front Flip’, which was named after that actually happening. “It was a news story that came out one day that I clicked on,” he said. “It’s remarkable. I mean, it’s definitely the most surprising thing I saw that day. It flipped forward!”

Meanwhile, in an interview with Beats 1’s Zane Lowe, Turner explained how he “tricked” himself out of writer’s block to make ‘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 said. “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 added.

Arctic Monkeys return to tour the UK and Ireland later this year. For tickets and more information, visit here.