Rare pre-fame interview with Arctic Monkeys unearthed

A never-before-heard interview with a pre-fame Arctic Monkeys has been unearthed by music podcast Demo Tapes.

The interview with frontman Alex Turner and drummer Matt Helders was recorded in April 2015, when the Sheffield band were still unsigned and six months away from exploding into the national consciousness with their chart-topping debut single I Bet You Look Good On the Dancefloor.

Music journalist Rick Martin recorded the interview for a legendary feature in NME, which touted the foursome as “the most talked about new band in Britain”.

Fans of the indie icons, who are currently touring their sixth album Tranquillity Base Hotel and Casino, can hear audio of the interview by downloading ‘Demo Tapes: Arctic Monkeys, Side A’ now, with side B to follow on 17 October.

The podcast series is co-presented by Rick and blogger/blagger Sarah Jane Kemp.  Episode 1 sees the pair reminisce about what it was like to witness the birth of a musical phenomenon, with their Arctic anecdotes covering tour bus tales, frenzied live gigs and an ill-fated computer game tournament.

Rick comments: “It was amazing to discover that I still had the interview on tape 13 years later– I was convinced I’d recorded over it years ago. I was given the opportunity to speak to Alex and Matt way before they became the global stars they are now and it’s great to be able to share it with the band’s fans.

“The interview covers a range of topics, from their formative years spent drinking cider on the streets of Sheffield to their thoughts on impending fame. They also talked me through their early demos, many of which went on to become some of their most celebrated hits. It really does give fans of the band a never-before-heard insight into the beginning stages of a music phenomenon.”

Along with telling the story of the emergence of the Arctic Monkeys, Series 1 investigates the breakout moments of artists such as The Libertines, Klaxons and Azealia Banks through a mix of archive audio and fresh interviews with a diverse range of people who can safely say ‘I was there’.

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