Childhood friendship kept Arctic Monkeys together

London: Band members of Arctic Monkeys believe that being friends in their growing up years helped in keeping them together without succumbing to the pressures of fame.

The British quartet - Matt Helders, Jamie Cook, Nick O`Malley and Alex Turner - have been friends since growing up in Sheffield, Britain.

"Our friendship definitely has something to do with it (staying together). We grew up pretty much on the same street. So we`d hung around with each other a long time before we were a band and that helps you bypass a lot of those pitfalls," quoted Turner as saying.

However, the `Mardy Bum` hitmakers admit they occasionally row, but think their arguments are normal.

"You`re bound to argue, but I think we get around a lot of that stuff. It`s maybe something about where we`re from. We`re all pretty laid back. Everyone gets aggravated but there aren`t too many tantrums," said Alex.


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