Arctic Monkeys inspired by The Strokes for 2011 setlist plan

Jamie Cook talks through how the band put their setlist together

Arctic Monkeys‘s Jamie Cook has revealed how the band have gone about choosing their recent live setlists.

Speaking to New York Magazine, the guitarist also said the band enjoy playing the US recently “because the pressure is off.” He added that US gigs-goers “are more willing to try things out. In the UK, everyone wants to hear the big songs.”

Cook revealed that the band were inspired by The Strokes to open their set with ‘The View From The Afternoon’, saying: “When I saw The Strokes at Madison Square Garden, they started with the first song on their first album, and it was great. I thought we should do the same.”

He added that the band try to keep the early part of their setlist full of faster songs such as ‘This House Is A Circus’, ‘Brianstorm’ and new single ‘Don’t Sit Down ‘Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair’. “We try to do five that are pretty fast-paced before people get bored,” he said.

Cook also joked that the band plan their setlist for fans who are on first dates. He said: “I imagine a fan bringing a date to our show who doesn’t know us that well. We play loads of new stuff, and when we get to ‘I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor’, he turns to her and says, ‘You’ll definitely know this one.’ If she says, ‘I don’t know this one either,’ that’s when maybe you shouldn’t see much of her again.”

The guitarist also hinted that ‘The Hellcat Spangled Shalalala’ will probably be the band’s next single. Arctic Monkeys played in New York last night with The Vaccines supporting them.