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about the new record, the boys said:

“It’s quite early days yet. We’ve not really got any songs for it at all,” says Nick O’Malley. “So it’s difficult to say [what the record will be like]. But we’re enjoying playing sort of fast songs at the minute, so maybe that’ll be an indication that it may go that way.”
“[‘R U Mine’ and ‘Electricity’ are] just stand-alone singles,” Matt Helders added, “but like he said, the songs like that are the most recent things we’ve done, so if that’s any sign of what kind of songs we’re writing, maybe we’ll go that way.”

about record store day, Matt said:

“I think [Record Store Day] needs to happen to keep people aware that there’s a better way of listening to music available, and it’s good. Then bands get involved and do something special to give people an incentive to buy it, I suppose. For instance, our record is purple, which means it’s more attractive to the eye. I don’t know why we chose purple. We’d already done a white one before.”

and about the reason behind their purple single, Nick said:

“We’re big fans of Barney.”

 

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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.

click below to read the entire interview.

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There’s something off about Alex’s voice. And the music sounds muffled. Maybe it’s the sound system?

watch it HERE

What do you think?

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Last night, Arctic Monkeys brought grit and grime and polished guitar glory to Chicago. Needless to say, they rocked the house down. I only wish they had played “Suck it and See” and more from the second half of the new album. Alex seemed a little distracted (heartbroken?) but he sang his heart out and was truly incredible. He even climbed up to Matt’s drum podium at one point. Bless this band.

more photos HERE

The staff at HoB didn’t throw down any set lists but I recreated it from memory to the best of my ability:

Library Pictures
Brianstorm
This House Is A Circus
Still Take You Home
Don’t Sit Down ‘Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair
Pretty Visitors
She’s Thunderstorms
Teddy Picker
Crying Lightning
Brick by Brick
The Hellcat Spangled Shalalala
The View From The Afternoon
I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor
Potion Approaching
All My Own Stunts
If You Were There, Beware
Do Me A Favour
When The Sun Goes Down

Fluorescent Adolescent
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Here’s a video of the pre-encore closer. Notice how loudly the crowd cheered. We were very much into it:

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The Arctic Monkeys’ contract with Domino records is set to expire after the promo and tour for Suck it and See end in early 2012. Because they’re brilliant and their records sell well, many record labels are eager to sign them on. However, the fact remains that

 

“They have a great relationship with Domino because the founder Laurence Bell has always given them a lot of creative control.

“And they could re-sign with the firm but now Domino face competition from the major labels, who are keen to wade in. It could be a huge bun fight.” (via)

Only time will tell whether they remain loyal to Domino or seek their fortunes elsewhere.

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