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1. He moved to Los Angeles because…
“It’s built on rock’n’roll so the best studios and equipment are here. Well, that and the fact that the sun always shines and you can ride your motorcycle in December.”

2. He is baffled by his fanbase…
“It’s always the maddest people that come up to me. The other day an old bloke in the queue for the coffee shop said, “I just flew in from Indiana the other day. Are you from the Arctic Monkeys? We love your music, great to see you.” It blows my mind what the Arctic Monkeys’ demographic is – it’s a mystery.”

3. He likes playing to tough crowds…
“When we first arrived in America we’d play a small venue in Florida and some hick would be shouting, ‘Come on, man! What is this?’ But I love those sorts of shows where you have to try and convince people. You have to become ten times more animated and really rattle everyone’s cage.”

4. The story behind his Death Ramps ring…
“We used to ride our BMXs on these little hills in the woods where we grew up in Sheffield. As six-year-olds they looked like death ramps to us – I always thought that’d be a cool name for a band. When we started using guest singers like Richard Hawley and Miles Kane on the B-side of our seven-inches we called ourselves the Death Ramps and my mate Reino Lehtonen-Riley, who owns The Great Frog, knocked up some rings. We’ve all got one.”

5. Why he’s had enough of David Bowie’s Time
“I’ve been trying to fix a humming in my home stereo – it’s in the right speaker. David Bowie’s album Aladdin Sane has been sitting on the turntable so I’ve been playing Time – the first song on the second side – whenever I’ve tried to solve the problem. I must have heard that song thousands of times this week… I’ll never be able to listen to it again.”

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Lars Ulrich has stated that the Arctic Monkeys are a “heavy metal band disguised as an indie band” in the most recent issue of Rolling Stone

Metallica’s drummer said that the Sheffield band’s hidden heavier side makes them the perfect openers for Metallica’s very first Orion festival: “For me, having the Arctic Monkeys on there is big. I think they’re a heavy metal band disguised as an indie band…If you listen to a song like ‘Perhaps Vampires Is a Bit Strong But…’ there’s almost a Rush element in there.”

Arctic Monkeys will play alongside Metallica in New Jersey on June 23-24. The Gaslight Anthem and Best Coast will also play that weekend.

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He says:  “For us, it seems obvious to do something different when you make a new record. I know that bands can successfully carry on by having a similar sound forever, can have a full career out of it. Obviously many do and that works. It’s just that I don’t think we’d ever want to do that. We couldn’t make a record like our first record again, it would sound a bit fake.”

He continued: “We’ve never really thought that we can let expectation dictate what kind of music we make. I think it’s important that we make a record that we think is good and hopefully people share that opinion. Since that first record, we’ve all changed and hopefully the people that were into us have changed as well, grown up with us.”

Helders was then asked whether there’d be a break between touring and returning to the studio – and it doesn’t seem likely…

“This is the longest we’ve ever toured a record, since its come out. Usually, we have got back in the studio by now or we’ve had a break. This tour’s great, we’re really enjoying it but I think we’re ready to record again or at least think about it. We never really take that long to make a record.”

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He says: “we are kind of into the idea of doing a record that is like ‘Evil Twin’ and ‘R U Mine’. ”

click below to read the entire interview, where Matt talks about Dr. Dre and other things

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Fucked Up’s Damian Abraham caught up with Alex Turner and Matt Helders to discuss why Brits have much better musical taste than North Americans, sustaining popularity in the internet age and what they’d do with Lana Del Rey on a date.

watch the video HERE

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Australian website watchoutfor.com.au recently interviewed the Arctic Monkeys bassist.

About Suck it and See, he said:

I think it’s gone really well. It probably got received better than Humbug did I think because I suppose it was a bit more pop than maybe no. 3 [Humbug] was.  Everyone seems to be enjoying the new songs when we play them live and singing along and everything. So yeah, like really sort of positive response to it.

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he talks about his latest birthday, karaoke, and Coachella 2012.

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