This melancholic song is a track from Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino
, which has a loose theme running through it of the Arctic Monkeys taking up the role of the titular hotel's house band. I've played to quiet rooms like this before
During an interview with Pitchfork
, frontman Alex Turner responded to the interviewer's suggestion that the residency has lost its lustre:
"In my head, the whole verse, the whole song - maybe even the whole record - just tees up the idea of playing to a quiet room.
The quiet rooms thing also had something to do with the fact that, on a lot of the vocal recordings for the album, I was the only person in the building, just sitting there with my microphone and tape recorder, writing lyrics. That perhaps allowed me to do things that I wouldn't have done elsewhere. And eighty percent of the time, including on this occasion, those are the vocals that we kept for the record."