Alex Turner is one of the men behind the Artic Monkeys. He and his crew have been absolutely so great with defining their sound and continuing to push the envelope forward within their four walls. Recently, Alex spoke about what brought him into music, or what changed his way of thinking within music that have helped to push his sound in a different direction.
In the interview with Radio X, Alex spoke about The Strokes extremely highly.
Alex stated: “The arrival of The Strokes changed what music I was listening to, what shoes I was wearing. I grew my hair out and borrowed my mum’s blazer. I was a huge fan. That line seemed to encapsulate this idea that a period of time went by in a flash. It was something to hold a place, which I’d return to once I knew what this album was going to be about. By the time I came back to change it, it seemed to be exactly where it ought to be.”
It was within that moment that he felt that his life had changed in more ways than just music. For him, it was almost divine intervention.
He went on to say: “There’s something about how blunt it is, that almost caused me to dare myself to leave it in. It reminds me of the way I would have written the lyrics on that first record of ours as well. There’s something about this record and that first one… There’s a similarity to them and I couldn’t draw as strong a similarity to any [album] in between. I can’t quite put me finger on what it is. Maybe it’s in that line and how direct it is.”
Alex has been called one of the most influential songwriters of his generation. With his distinctive voice, poetic lyrics, and dynamic stage presence, Turner has captivated audiences worldwide and left an indelible mark on the music industry.
Turner’s songwriting prowess is a driving force behind the Arctic Monkeys’ success. His ability to craft witty, introspective, and often observational lyrics has garnered critical acclaim and resonated with fans across the globe. Whether exploring themes of love, youth culture, or societal issues, Turner’s lyrical depth and storytelling skills create a rich tapestry of emotions that listeners can’t help but connect with.
Beyond his lyrical prowess, Turner’s musicality is equally impressive. His knack for crafting infectious melodies, coupled with his mastery of the guitar, has resulted in a distinct sound that seamlessly blends indie rock, garage rock, and various other genres. His intricate guitar riffs and melodic hooks serve as the backbone of the Arctic Monkeys’ sound, propelling their songs to the forefront of modern rock music.