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Arctic Monkeys ready to chill after global success

TOKYO--Award-winning British rockers Arctic Monkeys, whose cheeky garage punk origins have evolved seamlessly into stadium-filling success across America, are ready for a break.

Shrugging off the label of World's Biggest Band in some sections of the music press, the indie-rock stars told AFP in an interview at Tokyo's Summer Sonic festival that they were looking forward to some down-time after taking the United States by storm.

"There isn't any rush to do something else yet," said drummer Matt Helders. "For now this album seems like a place to leave it for a bit. We've never really had an indefinite chunk of time off. I don't think we can tour (this record) anymore."

The release of their fifth album "AM" last September triggered a flood of critical acclaim and accolades but their transformation from brash teenagers to biker chic pin-ups means they can barely get through a show now without being pelted with women's underwear.

"More bras this year," said Helders. "Like nearly every gig. People write their e-mail addresses on them. It's the first time we've had a lot of radio play and played bigger shows in America, definitely.

"We were never looking for more in America. You're still thousands of miles away from home so just not playing to an empty room in America was success for us."

The four-piece shot to fame in 2006 with the explosive teenage energy of "Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not" — Britain's fastest-selling debut album ever, bristling with lyrics about lairy nights out in their home city of Sheffield in the north of England.

The band topped the American charts with the sultry "AM" and sold out arenas across the country, frontman Alex Turner becoming a sex symbol in his rockabilly quiff and leather jackets.

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