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The Wedge A.M. News Round Up: Arctic Monkeys taking a break from recording

August 26th, 2011

Seeing as they’ve released four albums and an EP in the last five years, Arctic Monkeys deserve some time off from making music. Frontman Alex Turner says they’re taking a much needed break from writing and recording, mainly because of touring commitments and how difficult it is to create an album on the road. “I don’t really write on the road any more,” he told The Sun. “We come up with a few ideas on soundchecks and that but I have written too many terrible lyrics touring around. As yet there is no plan to return to the studio next year, we’re keeping our heads down.” He also sees the inspiration changing for the band, adding that it’s no longer as easy to come up with ideas as when he was younger. “It’s hard to do the old chip shop rock’n’roll. After you’ve done it once, you don’t sort of hang around that many chippies any more. I think it’s natural, I couldn’t ever write about my surroundings in the same way as I did back then.” (Via NME)

The Drums have launched a new web video series called Visiomento. A new episode is expected to appear on the band’s website every Tuesday, but the first episode “001” is now up to watch. The clip features a performance of the song “What You Were,” which is taken from their forthcoming second album, Portamento. (Via The Drums)

Talk Talk’s classic 1991 album, Laughing Stock, will finally see a release on vinyl here in North America. The album, which went out of print ages ago and now fetches steep prices on eBay, saw an experimental turn for the band, who were best known as new wavers, and is often cited as an influence on the production of acts like Radiohead, The xx and Wild Beasts. Ba Da Bing will be the label behind the reissue, which is set to come out on October 11th. (Via Exclaim!)

Long-running melodic hardcore band Strike Anywhere have announced a North American tour for the fall. The punks will play five Canadian shows in October: Montreal’s Foufounes on the 2nd, Ottawa’s Mavericks on the 3rd, Kingston’s Mansion on the 4th, a TBA venue in Toronto on the 5th, and London’s Call the Office on the 6th. All of those shows will see support from The Copyrights and Dead To Me. (Via Brooklyn Vegan)

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