interview alex turner

Speaking of creatures coming from another planet, you recently collaborated with Alex Turner and Miles Kane of the Last Shadow Puppets…" -

“(She bursts into laugher and claps her hands) They are truly hilarious, two madmen. They do not live far away from me, in Los Angeles. I’ve begun to train two evenings a week in the studio of Miles, in the neighborhood of Los Feliz, to play with no goals with the Last Shadow Puppets. Then we go eat dinner together with their girlfriends in ‘La Poubelle’ What a squad! I can’t count the amount of times I’ve ended up on the ground because I was laughing so hard. They are capable of speaking to one another by singing, with improvised lyrics. For example, one evening, I’ve told Miles about the concert of Joan Baez which I attended. He has never heard about her. Alex made up a song on the spot “Miles doesn’t know who Joan Baez is” (she screams)… None is ever safe of their twisted humor. When I first met them, I did have the impression that I met musicians who only live for the music, whose only thoughts are about music. Singing with them is truly invigorating, there is no need to repeat anything, they always find a continuation.

—  Lana Del Rey talking about Alex Turner and Miles Kane ( Les InRockuptibles, 2017)
Then we get on to what I believe to be the true core construct of the Arctic Monkeys: their lyrics. I’ve asked Turner to bring along his notebooks and, happily, he’s obliged. He flops one out on the wooden table, a sort of policeman’s pocketbook with the spine at the top… It’s filled from front to back with blue ink, most of the contents being divided into blocks of lines, with arrows and vectors redirecting choruses and verses to other parts of the pages. As he flicks through, I see flashes of titles from the new album - Crying Lightning, My Propeller - as well as lines from old songs. I notice the word Sketchhead, which, being an Arctic Monkeys nerd, I recognise from the run-out track on the 10-inch single of Fluorescent Adolescent. Turner writes in a kind of kidnapper’s capital letters, and tells me his handwriting gets neater as he begins to trust the lyrics.
—  Simon Armitage for The Guardian ; July 12 , 2009
Franz Schubert the composer said “there’s no such thing as happy music”. I always got a kick out of that. Not because I think that music has to be sad but because I think when it most effective there’s an element of it operating within a spectrum that has neither ‘happy’ or 'sad’ at either end of it. Music with lyrics in a language you don’t understand or no lyrics at all has the power to send vehement shivers through your body. It’s almost as if the melody or something else in there has an invisible direct line to the depths of the subconscious. This interests me greatly.
—  Alex Turner