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Arctic Monkeys defend EP release

The band hit back at suggestions they're being overhyped

Arctic Monkeys have hit back at suggestions the band are being overmarketed ahead of their forthcoming EP release.

The Sheffield four-piece, who are currently in the middle of their UK tour, release 'Who The Fuck Are Arctic Monkeys?' on April 24.

Frontman Alex Turner claims that the band are not "cashing in" on the release and he defended the EP, reports the Dose website.

He said: "It's a mission statement, if you like. We want to do things our way, and people think it's arrogance, so it's inevitable some people will get tired of us."

The release comes just three months after the band unleashed their debut 'Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not', which has already gone on to become the fastest-selling album debut in UK chart history, and is currently pushing close to the million mark in record sales.

The band continue their sold-out tour at Plymouth Pavilions tonight (April 18) before they complete another seven dates, wrapping up at London Brixton Academy on April 27.

For the full inside story on Arctic Monkeys' chaotic UK tour, including backstage reports and exclusive interviews, grab a copy of next week's NME, on sale on April 25.

Have you been to see Arctic Monkeys on their UK tour? If so we want to hear from you. Send in your footage and pictures from the tour to features@nme.com.

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