Arctic Monkeys Cover the Strokes‘ “Is This It?”

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“I just wanted to be one of the Strokes; now look at the mess you made me make,” sings Arctic Monkeys’ Alex Turner in the song “Star Treatment,” from their newest record Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino.

Now Turner decided to take things further and cover the Strokes‘ hit song “Is This It?” at a recent live show Arctic Monkeys performed at Forest Hills Stadium in New York.

Unlike the original version, this one has more synth elements and is characterized by Turner’s vibrato hum. Check out the Arctic Monkeys’ cover of “Is This It?” below.

According to Pitchfork, this wasn’t the first time Arctic Monkeys covered the Strokes. On previous occasions, the band played covers of “Take It Or Leave It” and “Reptilia.”

Alex Turner is known to be a big the Strokes fan, something which he often mentioned in his earlier interviews.

“I remember I used to play that first album in college all the time when our band was first starting,” Turner told NME in 2011. “Loads of people were into them, so loads of bands coming out sounded like them. And I remember consciously trying not to sound like the Strokes, deliberately taking bits out of songs that sounded too much like them, but I still loved that album.”