Arctic Monkeys’ Alex Turner speaks out on politics in music, and their past tax avoidance controversy

Arctic Monkeys' Alex Turner
Arctic Monkeys’ Alex Turner Credit: Getty

“We were given some poor advice and I made a poor decision”

Alex Turner has spoken out about the role that politics plays in Arctic Monkeys‘ music, as well as addressing the band’s past controversy at having been involved is a tax avoidance scheme.

The band released their acclaimed sixth album ‘Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino‘ earlier this month, when it went straight in at No.1 and became the fastest-selling vinyl release in the UK of the last 25 years. While it’s sonically quite a departure, the lyrics also appear to be more ambitious and socially minded on the whole – turning towards the impact of class and technology in the modern age.

“[Previously] I’d never wanted anything political to get into the music and that was because I didn’t know how to do it,” Turner told The Sunday Times. “It’s not as though these are protest songs necessarily, but I’m more confident about putting myself across.”

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