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Hear new Arctic Monkeys track Crying Lightning

Arctic Monkeys
Arctic Monkeys

Arctic Monkeys have been testing the 'third album' waters with a series of low-key gigs in Australia. The shows have already spawned a handful of low-quality bootlegs, but the Monkeys' Big Day Out performance was televised, ripped and uploaded to YouTube yesterday.

The brand new track is called Crying Lightning and, upon first listen, it's clear that frontman Alex Turner has inherited one or two tricks from Scott Walker-inspired side-project The Last Shadow Puppets. Ennio Morricone spaghetti western-esque guitar parts are the order of the day, lyrics have matured and Matt Helders's drum beat takes charge as usual…

Tom Porter worked on MusicRadar from its mid-2007 launch date to 2011, covering a range of music and music making topics, across features, gear news, reviews, interviews and more. A regular NAMM-goer back in the day, Tom now resides permanently in Los Angeles, where he's doing rather well at the Internet Movie Database (IMDB).