October 22, 2005

ARCTIC MONKEYS WILL BE HUGE


photo by Andrew Kendall

The next big, or HUGE, thing to come out of Britain after... uhh, well there have been so many recently (franz ferdinand - kasabian - the futureheads - bloc party - etc.), bands that have made a splash on the charts and the covers of NME and Q. But the next BIG thing will be Sheffield, England's, Arctic Monkeys. The band, singer-guitarist, Alex Turner, guitarist Jamie Cook, bassist Andy Nicholson, and drummer Matt Helders, will release their debut album January 2006, but already released a single in the UK via Bang Bang Recordings on May 30. The single, Five Minutes With Arctic Monkeys, featured two tracks, ‘Fake Tales Of San Francisco’ and ‘From The Ritz To The Rubble’(Both were available on iTunes beginning May 23rd). They have also just released the single for 'I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor' on October 17th. Available on CD as well as vinyl, the vinyl single will be a double A-side and will feature 'Bigger Boys and Stolen Sweethearts'. The CD release will also include a third track called 'Chun Li's Spinning Bird Kick'

These four young men, still in their teens I think, come at you with a touch of The Libertines, as so many have noted already, but they have some funk in their bones, at times a little like Supergrass with the funk turned up a couple of notchs. They surely sound fresh and young, not yet jaded by flashing cameras and mics that smell like beer. They also could very well be the next band that everyone loves to hate... hey, it's the yin and yang of rock 'n roll. And quite often, thanks to the media, the yin and yang are one and the same--thank you British music journalists!

A good sized chunk of mp3 demos were wisely made available (by the band's management, I believe) months ago, but were eventually pulled offline. More than likely because it was obvious the band had stirred up enough excitement. You will find their upcoming album on the British arm of Domino Records, not one of my favourite labels, and yet they have made some of those demo mp3s available once again.

Oh, yeah... the music is very good, as are the lyrics.

(THESE LINKS ARE WORKING, THEY ARE FROM DOMINO RECORDS. RIGHT CLICK AND SAVE TARGET AS...)

+ Fake Tales Of San Francisco
+ From The Ritz To The Rubble
+ I Bet You Look Good On The Dance Floor
+ Mardy Bum
+ Scummy
+ Dancing Shoes

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Watch the video for 'I Bet You Look Good On The Dance Floor'

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CHECK OUT THIS *SIXEYES POST FOR ARCTIC MONKEYS LYRICS

21 comments:

  1. Thanks for the heads up on these tunes. They're great!

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  2. I'm not obsessively checking back here, I swear. Thanks though - I gave you a pseudo-plug on my worstofthecentury so I don't plagarize your finds.

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  3. Anonymous9:15:00 AM

    these songs turn me on

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  4. See Brits rock!!!

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  5. Natalie Howe7:04:00 PM

    i used to work with the lead singer!!! they rock!

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  6. Anonymous8:19:00 PM

    Hey there! I've been well into the band since about Easter time-ish, and they fookin' kick arse! Got the single yesterday, and it's brilliant – going to see them play on Monday, should be a blinder!

    Big up!

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  7. mardybum2:06:00 PM

    'bet you look good on the dancefloor' what a tuuune! saw em supporting coral at the leadmill and have been hooked since!

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  8. Anonymous2:56:00 PM

    these guys rock!saw them a few months ago n have been obsessed by them ever since
    managed to meet and they are nice guys too =D

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  9. Anonymous7:32:00 AM

    Great tunes and incredibly sharp lyrics given their young age. The singer is the coolest british vocalist since Liam Gallagher, the best lyricist since Jarvis Cocker. Well recommended!

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  10. Chunky Munky12:27:00 PM

    I love the Libertines and really like Arctic Monkeys but I haven't heard anything that would make me compare the two, although this is what the English press are doing. Just a matter of opinion I suppose. Great tunes as well!

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  11. Anonymous8:03:00 PM

    Artic Monkeys review type intreview thing. Funny.

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  12. Hey found this band a couple of weeks ago listening to zane lowe on radio 1. This was during a coldplay interview he played the track "Fake tale of San Fransico", even Chris Martin said he liked it and kept just saying "your not from new york city your from .... Rotherham!!" I loved the song since then and I am impressed with the other songs i have heard. Great band and can't wait for the album to be released and with praise like that i dont think it will be too long before they burst on the scene with all the other british bands that are making their way to the top of the charts

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  13. Anonymous10:15:00 AM

    arctic monkeys are pure sheffield- the humourous intelligent lyrics and the fucking grooves.Sheffield is the greatest place in the world for music at the moment. feelin it

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  14. Sir Salty GoBadger III1:33:00 PM

    Fake tales is such a heavy heavy tune. What a ledgend band.

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  15. Anonymous10:41:00 AM

    you guys are awesome

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  16. I'm getting an error message on all of these tracks. Bummer.

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  17. MATT - i just downloaded two of the tracks and had no problem.

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  18. I've got all 404s, too.

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  19. The problem is firefox, weirdly enough. Try another browser if you can't download.

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  20. hey thanx for the downloads iv bin tryin to get some free arctic monkeys downloads for ages! they r amazin! :)

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  21. Dr. Dew8:58:00 AM

    these downloads are sweet, thanks!

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