Arctic Monkeys' new album Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino was nearly an Alex Turner solo album

Arctic Monkeys' latest album "Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino" is out on the 11th of May and was almost an Alex Turner solo record according to an interview in MOJO.

Alex said - "I’ve tricked myself into writing - by sitting at the piano, doing this thing that I haven’t done before. That gave me permission to go somewhere I’d had trouble getting to before. It allowed me to put across how I feel more, more… broadly than before."

Usually the band would all be together writing in the studio, so this is a new approach to music for the Sheffield band.

Jamie (Guitar) then said - "I think at first, because it was quite basic – piano, vocal and no guitar - Al was in two minds about, ‘is this Arctic Monkeys or am I going somewhere else with this’. And maybe at first I was a bit like that as well. It’s not definitely not a guitar-heavy record, not typically what we’d do. It took a lot more thinking about."