Arctic Monkeys are the little British band that took the music scene by storm in 2006 with the release of their debut album Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not. The release was the fastest selling debut album in British history (sorry Oasis!). Not too shabby for a bunch of teenagers who used the miracle of the World Wide Web to get their music to the masses.
Loosely formed in 2001 after some of the members received guitars, the band quickly took shape and began performing locally in Sheffield. They soon began distributing their material on the internet and built a sizable fan base without any label support. With the excitement of their British sales, The Arctic Monkeys debut sold around 300,000 copies in the United States which is notable for a debut but still significantly less than their British debut sold in its first week.
In a comedic effort to raise awareness, they released an EP titled Who the F**k Are The Arctic Monkeys and began touring the U.S. In 2007 the released their second album Favourite Worst Nightmare. All twelve tracks made the Top 200 on the UK singles chart. The sound on this album was a stronger and the tempo a bit peppier.
Arctic Monkeys Discography:
- Whatever People Say I am, That’s What I’m Not
- Who the F**k Are The Arctic Monkeys (EP)
- Favourite Worst Nightmare
Top 5 Arctic Monkey Songs:
- I Bet You Look Good On the Dancefloor (Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not)
- Crying Lightning (Humbug)
- When the Sun Goes Down (Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not)
- Brianstorm (Favourite Worst Nightmare)
- Cornerstone (Humbug)
On their third album, they inexplicably turned to Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age, Them Crooked Vultures) to produce Humbug. The result is decidedly darker from their previous efforts but strangely in line with their unorthodox approach to music.
With the brashness of punk, the heart of rock & roll, and the methodology of indie musicians the Arctic Monkeys are a band driven by their own sound and the journey music provides.
Check out Arctic Monkeys at www.arcticmonkeys.com
Great music awaits!