Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner has admitted new single ‘Crying Lightning’ is ‘strange’. Speaking on Zane Lowe’s BBC Radio 1 show, Turner said: “This was deemed the best signifier of the record. It was a favourite during recording. It’s strange as far as a pop song goes.”
The song indicates a further progression in the sound of the band since the debut release ‘Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not‘ in 2005, with the influence of Queens Of The Stone Age’s Josh Homme, who co-produced the new album, very evident.
The band will headline this year’s Reading/Leeds Festival, and Turner has revealed he feels the band will be in better shape than they were when headlining Glastonbury two years ago. “I think I’m a bit more ready for that sort of thing than we had been in the past” Turner said, “Glastonbury taught us that, I think we grew up in some way.”
The new single recieved it’s first play on Zane Lowe’s show on the 6th of July and was then quickly made available for download via iTunes. Physical copies of the single will be available from 17th August, with the new album ‘Humbug‘ following a week later.