Arctic Monkeys have released five albums since their debut, Whatever People Say I am, That's What I'm Not, in 2006. Each of those releases were Number One albums in the United Kingdom. But, they never quite enjoyed the same success in the United States.
After the release of their 2013 album, AM, things have changed. Their song, Do I Wanna Know? is a Number One song on the US Alternative Songs chart. They're playing US television shows like the Late Show with David Letterman, and they sold out Madison Square Garden.
The entire band spoke to Esquire UK about their new-found success in the United States. The article follows the band through several days of what one of the hottest rock bands in the country goes through.
They talk about doing all of the promotional things they previously avoided. Guitarist Jamie Cook sums it up. "We've sold out." Cook also talked about the evolution of the band and their front-man Alex Turner, "Alex has evolved from being quite shy, quite kind of quiet. Like, some people have got freaked out by the change. But I think it’s much better the way he is now."
Turner adds that he tries to not taking anything very seriously. "In 1969, there probably weren’t many laughs in rock’n’roll. But then they were probably funny people. They had a sense of humour, they just didn’t use it. Not to name-drop, but we bumped into Robert Plant last night and he’s hilarious. Just funny, straight away. [These days] I think if you start taking it too seriously, which I’m, like, sometimes definitely in danger of doing… then it gets ugly."