Arctic Monkeys: Inspired by comedy | And Louis CK in particular

Arctic Monkeys: Inspired by comedy

And Louis CK in particular

The Arctic Monkeys say they have taken a new musical direction – thanks to Louis CK.

Frontman Alex Turner said the band have been inspired by the comedian’s drive to release a new stand-up show every year, which in turn was inspired by George Carlin’s work ethic.

Speaking about their upcoming album, AM, Turner said there was a ‘weird symmetry’ with comedy and songwriting.

Speaking to the NME, he said of stand-up: ‘There's a definite rock'n'roll thing to that world. 

‘There's this thing where Louis CK is talking about George Carlin, who's this famous American comedian who used to completely tear up his act at the end of every year and throw it out and write a whole new act. And in doing that you eventually run out of things to talk about. So you start looking inside to whatever darkness may lay there. And that's where you end up going.

‘I think there's a weird symmetry with that and songwriting. Or at least there is for me.’


Published: 31 Jul 2013

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