Arctic Monkeys reveal story behind Brian

Alex Turner recalls an incident in Japan

Arctic Monkeys have spoken about Brian, the strange character featured on their single ’Brianstorm’.

The band’s frontman Alex Turner said that the band first met Brian when he turned up in their dressing room after a gig in Osaka, Japan.

He said: “When he left the room, we were a bit freaked out by his presence. So we did a brainstorm for what he was like, drew a little picture and wrote things about him.”


Guitarist Jamie Cook added: “He was right weird. He just appeared with like a business card and like a round neck T-shirt and a tie loosely around it, I’d never seen that before. It felt like he was trying to get inside your mind. We were checking out his attire – it freaked us out.

“He definitely left a mark on us. He might have been a magician. He might even be here now. But if we ever find out who he was, it might spoilt it.”

Turner also revealed to The Sun‘s Something For The Weekend that they decided to give the album its title because it “seemed to tick all the right boxes for what we were after in a title”.

The band are now expected to hit the Top Five on Sunday (April 22) with ‘Brianstorm’, which is currently locked in a tight chart battle with Beyonce for the UK Number One.

Meanwhile ‘Favourite Worst Nightmare’ is released on Monday {April 23).

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