Arctic Monkeys

Intelligent indie-rock from Sheffield

Forming in Sheffield in 2002, Arctic Monkeys’ ascent to bona-fide megastars hasn’t been without its share of setbacks. Okay, one setback – in 2006 founding bassist Andy Nicholson left the group, then riding high after the release of their debut album. Nick O’Malley stepped into the breach, and has been a member alongside Alex Turner (vocals, guitar), Jamie Cook (guitar) and Matt Helders (drums, vocals) since. Arctic Monkeys’ high profile status was established around the release of their record-breaking debut ‘Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not’. Upon its release in January 2006 the album sold over 360,000 copies in its first week; it subsequently won that year’s Nationwide Mercury Prize and was the fastest-selling British debut LP in history, beaten one year later by Leona Lewis' 'Spirit'. Lead single ‘I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor’ charted at number one in October 2005. Album two, ‘Favourite Worst Nightmare’, was equally successful, topping the charts in April 2007. It won Best British Album at the 2008 BRIT Awards. A live album and DVD 'At The Apollo' was released in 2009 and was awarded best music DVD of the year by NME. The band’s third album 'Humbug' was released in August 2009 and went platinum in the UK, despite every single failing to hit the top 10. Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age) and James Ford (also worked on Last Shadow Puppets debut) acted as producers. James Ford also worked on the bands fourth album, 'Suck it and See' which was released in June 2011. The entire album was available free online, giving their fans the opportunity to listen before purchasing. Always lyrically engrossing, Turner’s words evoke images of working class life with an acute appreciation of social realism. In this respect they are comparable to The Streets, but instrumentally they’re closer to indie acts - The Strokes, Oasis - and appeal to a similar audience. The Arctic Monkeys are one of the first bands promoted online through social networking and fan-sites, with their growing popularity forcing record labels to pay attention. Album discography ‘Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not’ (Domino, 2006) ‘Favourite Worst Nightmare’ (Domino, 2007) 'At the Apollo' (Domino, 2009) 'Humbug' (Domino, 2009) 'Suck It And See' (Domino, 2011) MySpace


Alex Turner, Jamie Cook, Matt Helders, Nick O'Malley


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