Arctic Monkeys namecheck The Strokes on opening song of new LP
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Arctic Monkeys’ new album, Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino, opens with a song called “Star Treatment” that features a direct reference to the Strokes. Frontman Alex Turner sings about the New York band, “I just wanted to be one of the Strokes, now look at the mess you made me make/Hitchhiking with a monogrammed suitcase, miles away from any half-useful imaginary highway.”
Turner is known to be a big fan of the Strokes, with Arctic Monkeys covering that band’s “Take It Or Leave It” live and Turner saying in 2011 how much he loves their debut LP Is This It?. In a new interview with Mojo, he said about opening “Star Treatment” with a Strokes shout-out, “That’s me writing about writing . . . Did the Strokes line feel too close to home? Yeah, absolutely. But you can’t let that stop you.”
The new Arctic Monkeys LP also features a guest appearance from Tame Impala’s Cam Avery.
Turner designed the structure featured on Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino’s cover.
The new LP is out May 11th and will follow up 2013’s AM, which was Arctic Monkeys’ fifth album and their biggest U.S. release to date.
The British quartet have also announced a North American summer tour that will kick off on May 5th with a date in Los Angeles, followed by 10 more concerts in the U.S. and Canada throughout June, July and early August.