Alex Turner: ‘There aren’t that many bands I’m that excited about at the moment’

Arctic Monkeys frontman shares his lack of enthusiasm for current crop of bands

Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner has said there are not many bands he is excited by at the moment, comparing the current music scene to that of the late 1990s.

Speaking in a new interview with Pitchfork, says he thinks that things feel similar to when he was a teenager and listening to hip-hop artists like Dr Dre after becoming disillusioned by the bands in his local area.

“At the end of the ’90s, every band in our neighborhood was 35 or older, so we just listened to Roots Manuva and Dr Dre. Lately, it feels similar. There aren’t that many bands I’m that excited about at the moment,” he said.

The frontman also spoke about the confines of being in a band. “I don’t know if “indie band” is how any band should think about themselves, though,” he said. “For this record, I didn’t even think of us as a band at all – we became much more. Sometimes I don’t want to be in the confines of what a band seems to provide.”

Arctic Monkeys recently made Official UK Albums Chart history with their new album ‘AM’. Released by Domino Records it is the band’s fifth consecutive Number One and the first indie-released album to achieve such a feat.