Last week, the Orwells raised a few eyebrows when guitarist Matt O’Keefe and singer Mario Cuomo trashed the band’s tourmates, Arctic Monkeys. After serving as the band’s support act for nearly 50 dates, Cuomo and O’Keefe told Gigwise that the Arctic Monkeys’ live show had become synchronized and routine.
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Cuomo specifically took issue with the fact that Alex Turner used the same on-stage ad libs every night. “You can get that level of success with those size venues, that sort of thing, but still treat it as a spontaneous show at a small club. So it all just depends on the band, what they’re going for and what they feel comfortable with. I would feel super uncomfortable if I knew what I was going to say in between songs.”
Perhaps feeling some remorse for their remarks, Cuomo attempted to clear the air at a recent show in London. Cuomo joked, “That’s from our new album, ‘AM,'” before adding, “We would never slag off the biggest band in England right now.” There has been no response from Arctic Monkeys at this point.
For a band that is so universally embraced by fans, Arctic Monkeys seem to have a hard time getting along with other artists. Just last month, Alex Turner’s antics at the BRIT Awards drew the ire of Fat White Family frontman Lias Saoudi.
Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner finally responded to the Orwells’ criticism during a recent interview with news.au. “They should have been out trying to get laid instead of watching us every night,” said Turner. “I don’t think that’s fair [to call it synchronised]. There comes a time on a tour when something works and you tend to leave it alone. We have been changing it around a little bit.”
Turner went on to further defend his band’s live show: “You can’t mess around with it too much. It’s almost like the show isn’t designed to be watched by the same person every night. Nowadays people share the setlists, but I’m by no means fucking phoning it in. It’s not like we have [pre-recorded] tracks, we’re up there fucking doing it.”
Bonus: Catch a recent live performance via SPIN at SXSW.
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Article by Jason Schellhardt