10 Years Down the Road: The Arctic Monkeys Still Got It
One of UK’s highly successful bands who gained recognition in no time is the Arctic monkeys. It was their guitarist Jamie Cook who came up with the name ten years ago. The band hails from Sheffield, England. Arctic monkeys claim to fame were a couple of musical hits in 2005 and 2006. Their first two singles I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor and When The Sun Goes Down topped the UK Singles Chart. They quickly gained momentum in their country and released their debut album Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not in mid-2006 becoming the highest selling debut album in the UK. Later it won the best album award in the NME 2007 awards.
The rest of the band members of Arctic monkeys are Alex Turner on lead vocals and guitars, Nick O’ Malley on bass and Mat Helders on drums. After their huge debut album success, their next album Favourite Worst Nightmare came right the next year which raised the bar even higher and received rapturous reviews, topping the charts once again. The band was getting even louder and stronger. Arctic monkeys released three more albums Humbug in 2008, Suck It and See in 2011 and AM in 2012.
The band toured after the release of each of their albums and did a worldwide tour after Humbug hit the charts, also playing alongside in music festivals in Europe and UK. They’ve played twice at the Glastonbury Festival in 2007 and 2013 and presented rock music at the Olympics Opening Ceremony last year in London. Artic Monkeys are known for their electrifying as well as versatile performances and Turner’s dance moves. Turner is even popular for taking out a comb from his pocket and fixing his quiff, adding to his rock star persona. According to many watching them live is a “rock n’roll treasure to behold”.
2013 has been a great year for Arctic monkeys, their fifth and latest album AM was released in September and once again it debuted at the top of the UK album charts making them the first ever to have five consecutive albums on No. 1 with an independent label. I suppose there is no stopping for them!