Wednesday, 28 September 2016

The series of the cycle Amazing Artist - Arctic Monkeys


It's a time for my next favorite artist. Today I have choosen a band -> Arctic Monkeys.

My history with the band began three years ago, at the moment when their have released a world video clip for the song Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High ?. Is not a secret that this song is still one of my favorite pieces.

Something about the band (info from wiki)

Arctic Monkeys are an English rock band formed in 2002 in High Green, a suburb of Sheffield. The band consists of Alex Turner (lead vocals, lead & rhythm guitar), Matt Helders (drums, vocals), Jamie Cook (lead and rhythm guitar) and Nick O'Malley (bass, backing vocals). Former band member Andy Nicholson (bass guitar, backing vocals) left the band in 2006 shortly after their debut album was released.

Arctic Monkeys were heralded as one of the first bands to come to public attention via the Internet, with commentators suggesting they represented the possibility of a change in the way in which new bands are promoted and marketed (more information here).


  • Whatever People Say I Am (2006)
  • Favourite Worst Nightmare (2007)
  • Humbug (2009)
  • Suck It and See (2011)
  • AM (2013) 

Musical style and influences (all info from wikipedia)

The band have usually been categorized under the indie rock, garage rock and post-punk revival genres. A key part of their sound, and one that translates across their whole discography, is lead singer and frontman Alex Turner's intricate and often rapidly delivered lyrics, sung in a distinctive strong Sheffield accent that their music became famed for in their early years. A large part of their iconic British sound is credited to the punk poet John Cooper Clarke from whom the Arctic Monkeys even borrowed lyrics and the title from in "I Wanna Be Yours". Turner adapted Clarke's method of delivery mostly in their first album, Whatever People Say I Am That's What I'm Not. Their early albums Whatever People Say I Am That's What I'm Not and Favourite Worst Nightmare were rooted in garage rock and post-punk revival, with Turner's sharp lyrics the focal point. On the first album Alex Turner examined human behaviour in nightclubs and in the culture of the band's hometown, Sheffield. Turner describes "Dancing Shoes" as being about "people always looking to pull when they go out however much they mask it."

These themes continued on the following album Favourite Worst Nightmare with the band still progressing as musicians. Songs such as "Fluorescent Adolescent" and "Do Me a Favour" explored failed relationships, nostalgia and growing old, while musically the band took up a more uptempo and aggressive sound.

Their third album Humbug includes strong stoner rock and desert rock elements, due to the influence of the album's producer and Queens of The Stone Age frontman, Joshua Homme. For Humbug, the band actively sought a new sound. Homme was quoted saying,
"They came to me: 'Will you take us to the weird and the strange?'"

Their fourth album Suck It and See sees the band exploring styles, mixing them with newfound maturity. Turner said:
"I think the new album is a balance between our first three. There's nothing about taxi ranks or anything like that, but there's a bit of the standpoint I had on those early songs and the sense of humour, but also there's a bit of the 'Humbug' stuff which is kind of off in the corners."
Critics noted an influence from British rock bands from the 1960s, as well as The Smiths, and slower, love-themed ballads featured more heavily on the album than the fast-paced, rockier songs that typifies the band's sound.

In a 2012 interview with NME magazine, frontman Alex Turner cited John Lennon as a major influence lyrically. Speaking about Lennon, Turner said;
"I remember when I first started writing songs, and writing lyrics, I really wanted to be able to write an "I Am the Walrus" type song, and I found it very difficult. You listen to that and it sounds like it's all nonsense, but it's difficult to write that sort of thing and make it compelling. Lennon definitely had a knack for that".

According to the band, the fifth album AM is more hip-hop influenced. As Alex Turner stated in an interview with NME, it's
"like a Dr. Dre beat, but we've given it an Ike Turner bowl-cut and sent it galloping across the desert on a Stratocaster".
He also cited Outkast, Aaliyah and Black Sabbath as influences for the album on the song "Arabella".

Famous movie "Submarine", directed by Richard Ayoade. Original Soundtrack composed by Alex Turner, of Arctic Monkeys called Stuck in the puzzle.

Mu favourite tracks:

Arctic Monkeys - Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High?

Arctic Monkeys - Do I Wanna Know?

Arctic Monkeys - R U Mine?

and what do you think about this band?

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- D.

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