Arctic Monkeys’ Alex Turner: ‘America has really started to like us’

Drummer Matt Helders also tells NME what's on his Christmas wishlist

Arctic Monkeys claim they have cracked the US following their recent stateside tour.

Frontman Alex Turner believes the band made huge strides after taking their 2011 LP ‘Suck It And See’ across the pond.

He told The Sun:

We’re in a good place. Just coming to the end of this American tour, but it’s been really good. America has really started to like us. We’ve started getting a really good response.


The Sheffield four-piece’s campaign didn’t get off to the best start after their album was censored in major US supermarkets for being “too rude”.

But a lengthy tour has brought them success in the states and drummer Matt Helders caused a stir when he appeared in a raunchy video for the title track in the LA desert. Scroll down and click below to watch it.

The sticksman admitted in this week’s special Christmas issue of the NME that the shoot was the strangest thing that has happened to him all year.

He added: “It’s a strange thing to do isn’t it? Was I ever worried that people might not get the joke? I wasn’t really that bothered. As long as people see that we don’t take ourselves too seriously.”

To read the full interview with Helders and to find out what’s on his Christmas wishlist, pick up this week’s special Christmas issue of NME, which is on UK newsstands and available digitally now.