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Arctic Monkeys

Britpop quartet from iron metropolis Sheffield that unleashed a true mass hysteria in mid-2005. At the time, Arctic Monkeys were one of the first bands to attract a large audience via the profile site MySpace (which was in its infancy at the time). The fact that it was a fansite instead of a page set up by the band itself, was irrelevant. Demos distributed for free find their way onto the internet and the band (still without a record deal) plays to sold out venues and festival halls. 

Eventually, they signed with the Domino label, which at the time was doing good business with Franz Ferdinand. The debut album WHATEVER PEOPLE SAY I AM, THAT'S WHAT I'M NOT is released in January 2006 and immediately shoots to the top of the British charts and becomes the fastest-selling debut in history. In Holland the album reached the eighth position. 

The then 19-year old Alex Turner is called the voice of the new generation and is praised for his sharpness, observation skills and humour. Comparisons with Paul Weller and Morrissey are frequent. It's an album full of clever intros and catchy riffs poured into thirteen banging pop songs.

Arctic Monkeys shun TV shows and refuse to perform on shows like Top Of The Pops (coincidentally, the BBC pulls the plug on the show shortly thereafter, after 42 years), and they rarely appear in their own music videos. 

Bassist Andy Nicholson cannot handle the pressure of touring and leaves the band in June. He is replaced by Nick O'Malley. The band won the prestigious Mercury Award and at the end of the year their debut album was unanimously voted album of the year. 

In April 2007, follow-up FAVOURITE WORST NIGHTMARE is released and enters the charts in the UK and the Netherlands in first position. There is no question of a difficult second album because this one is also received very well by the press and the public. The band is still as hectic and impetuous as before. The whole is a bit darker, harder and perhaps more innovative than its predecessor. 

In July 2007 the band members organise their own festival in Manchester where they play for 100,000 people over a weekend. With friend Miles Kane of indie psychedelic band The Rascals, Turner made the album THE AGE OF THE UNDERSTATEMENT under the name The Last Shadow Puppets, which was released in the spring of 2008. The album, recorded in France, is bursting with orchestrated sixties pop. The duo themselves name The Walker Brothers, the young David Bowie and Burt Bacharach as their main influences. 

The critics loved the quasi-kitsch pop and Turner's reputation was rock solid. Although he's doing fine without his 'real' band, that doesn't apply to drummer Holders. In 2009, the debut album of Mongrel was released, a hobby project by him and former bass player Nicholson. Together with members of Babyshambles and Reverend & The Makers, among others, they released BETTER THAN HEAVY, a political album with indie, ska, reggae and hip-hop influences. The album was slammed by the press for its outdated crossover sound and obvious lyrics. 

In the summer of that year, Arctic Monkeys released their third album, Humbug. The band went to the Californian desert to enter the studio with producer Josh Homme (see Queens Of The Stone Age). Although at first it promised to be a savage, dark and stoner-like record, it turned out later that the sound of The Last Shadow Puppets had made its mark on the repertoire, and apart from a few Homme riffs, there were no real stoner rock influences to be found. This third album is also received very positively and Turner is definitively labelled as the greatest musical genius that England has produced in the 21st century. 

The day after the release of the album, the early twenty somethings closed the Lowlands festival to return in November for two consecutive shows in the Heineken Music Hall.

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