The Arctic Monkeys are set to headline England’s V Festival tonight, a rock music festival that has become increasingly more geared towards pop.
Asked by Shortlist if they agreed with Liam Gallagher’s comments that guitar music was currently in the doldrums, singer Alex Turner replied:
“Definitely. But that’s all the more reason for us to play at V Festival and be right in the middle of all that. It will come back around.”
In fact, Turner said that Arctic Monkeys felt it was their duty to keep guitar music alive and well on modern radio, and thus chose “Don’t Sit Down ‘Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair” as the lead single from Suck It And See.
“It’s not the poppiest one on there — it’s really guitar-heavy,” said Turner of the single. “But because we’ve got that fanbase and we’re one of the guitar bands that have a shot of getting on the radio in the daytime, I almost feel like it’s our job to put that sort of tune out.”
Just this week, the band released the album’s second single, “The Hellcat Spangled Shalalala.” The single is available on 7″ vinyl and as digital download. Backed by the exclusive B-side, “Little Illusion Machine(Wirral Riddler)” by Miles Kane & The Death Ramps, the 7″ vinyl is only available here.
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