Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty ImagesEarlier this year, One Direction‘s Harry Styles released his debut solo album, which was heavily influenced by ’70s rock. Now, Louis Tomlinson, another member of the British boy band, is turning to rock for inspiration, though from a more modern era. He tells the BBC that Arctic Monkeys were a big influence on the lyrics he wrote for his upcoming solo debut.
“I grew up loving the likes of the Arctic Monkeys and Oasis,” says Tomlinson. “And the way they tell stories is such an effortless thing. It’s real, it’s honest and it’s to the point.”
“Now, any of the Arctic Monkeys would be devastated to hear me talking like this,” the pop star admits. “But there is a way of incorporating that conversational honesty into pop.”
Tomlinson also admires Arctic Monkeys because he feels that “they don’t work on any script or any maths or science” when it comes to lyrics.
“They just say what they feel,” says Tomlinson. “If it doesn’t rhyme, it doesn’t matter. If it sounds awkward, it doesn’t matter.”
Perhaps an endorsement from a One Direction member is just the catalyst Arctic Monkeys need to release the long-awaited follow-up album to their 2013 effort AM.
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