For all the silly hype Alex Turner picked up back in the Who The Fuck Are… days, the Arctic front man has patiently grown into every bit of it, whether we’re talking Favourite Worst Nightmare or the Last Shadow Puppets or chatting up actresses on talk-show couches. (OK not at all the last one but I love it so.) Anyway when word came that the Monkeys were in the studio with Josh Homme working on their Favourite followup, I figured there’d be an injection of Vulgaris muscle maybe. Not only does this Aussie TV telecast of the band’s Big Day Out take on new tune “Crying Lightning” suggest that I figured wrong, but it also suggests that their guitarist’s been listening to lots of Portishead’s Adrian Utley lately.

(via NME)

Interesting shift, I like the sound of this Arctic darkness. Looking forward to this album. “Crying LIghtning” is one of four songs the band’s been playing lately — the others being “Dangerous Animals,” “Pretty Visitors,” and “Go-Kart” — all ostensibly from the Homme sessions. They’re back in the studio working on it. We’ll keep you posted.

Comments (17)
  1. super pumped for this record, a change of pace is needed for them. last two records were great. id like for them to continue to be relevant

  2. god i hope this album is good. i like the whole dark feel manily because i liked the shadow puppets record, but i dont want a repeat of that one

  3. AlexTaylor?  |   Posted on Jan 28th, 2009 0

    Alex Taylor? I can’t believe he changed his name Amrit. It used to be Alex Turner. Weird.

  4. :)  |   Posted on Jan 28th, 2009 0

    did you seriously write alex taylor? it’s alex turner…

  5. John  |   Posted on Jan 28th, 2009 0

    May not have Vulgaris muscle but it does bear the stamp of Homme…and a bit of holdover in terms of Alex’s singing from the Shadow Puppets record. This darker thing is an odd fit but interesting…still prefer the bratty, staccato Monkeys. but agreed, change is needed.

  6. tj  |   Posted on Jan 28th, 2009 0

    this is great, can’t wait for this next album

  7. nick  |   Posted on Jan 28th, 2009 0

    this albums is shaping up quite nicely

  8. I knew it as I was typing it, and still I typed it. Typo fixed, my issues remain deep-rooted.

  9. KR  |   Posted on Jan 28th, 2009 0

    Great song, very new sound for them. They are so young it’s interesting to watch them mature as artists.

  10. I was on the teeter-totter when I heard about Homme being involved but this didn’t turn out as I expected. Not bad. I enjoy the new direction.

  11. these guys are ridiculously talented. i love it. i can’t wait

    . now some shins news please

  12. alex looks hot sweaty

  13. i’m totally digging this! looking forward to this album as well

  14. fantastic as always

  15. adelaide  |   Posted on Jan 29th, 2009 0

    I saw them on the gold coast at big day out… it was like seeing muse. seems like it should be exciting but it’s actually kind of boring because it sounds exactly like the record. good on them I suppose?

    but I still agree with landon.

  16. George  |   Posted on Feb 1st, 2009 0

    I was at that gig, and have to say it was less than spectacular. I don’t hate this song, but they absolutely butchered Nick Cave’s ‘Red Right Hand’. It were abysmal

  17. fox Confessor  |   Posted on Feb 8th, 2009 0

    I really really loved Favourite Worst Nightmare but only after I got used to it. I hope this is the same.

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