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Alex Turner discusses the creation of the band's seventh album in a new interview set to air tonight

By Nick Reilly

Alex Turner speaks to Zane Lowe (Picture: Press)

Arctic MonkeysAlex Turner has opened up on the formative process behind The Car, ahead of the group releasing their seventh album tomorrow (October 21).

The band’s latest arrives via Domino Records and has already been previewed with tracks such as ‘There’d Better Be A Mirrorball’, ‘I Ain’t Quite Where I Think I Am’ and ‘Body Paint‘.

Speaking to Zane Lowe in an Apple Music 1 interview that is set to air tonight at 6PM, Turner explained how the album title emerged after drummer Matt Helders chose the artwork – a distant image of a Toyota Corolla – which then fed into Turner’s lyrics.

“There’s a few songs on here in which I say the two words, ‘The Car’. Like three or four times I think it happens. I was like, “I’m either going to have to change some of them or just double down and call it the whole thing”, he explained.

Lowe also quizzed Turner about his most vivid memory in a car, prompting the singer to look back at childhood memories.

“To be honest, I went back to being a kid and there’s swing music playing and me dad would quite often have big band music on in the car, and he’d kind of pinch me on the brass stabs, sometimes,” he said.

Comprising 10 songs, The Car was produced by long-time AM collaborator James Ford. The album was written by frontman Alex Turner, and recorded at Butley Priory in Suffolk, La Frette in Paris, and RAK Studios in London.

Next summer, the Monkeys will embark on a huge stadium tour across the UK and Ireland. The dates include two homecoming concerts at Hillsborough Park in Sheffield, as well as a pair of gigs at London’s Emirates Stadium.