Arctic Monkeys’ frontman Alex Turner is in a darkened room within a rehearsal space in Burbank, Calif. “Just before you called, I was disappearing into a screen,” he says, speaking slowly, choosing his thoughts.
“All the lads are back together to figure out how to play some of these tunes on the new record,” he says through his thick English accent. “I feel like this week, we’ve begun to break through some of it. You start to get a feeling like when you get back on the stage.”
Arctic Monkeys haven’t been on stage together in four years. The U.K. rockers delivered their most commercially successful album to date, AM, in 2013, peaking at No. 6 on the Billboard 200 and earning the band its first Hot 100 hit with “Do I Wanna Know?” (peaking at No. 70 in 2014). But soon after, the quartet -- which includes Matt Helders (drums), Jamie Cook (guitar) and Nick O'Malley (bass) -- surprisingly went on hiatus, as Turner turned his attention to side band with Miles Kane, The Last Shadow Puppets.