March 3, 2014 § Leave a comment
Arctic Monkeys show off their rock n’ roll swagger in their new video for “Arabella.” The psychedelic tune, which is the fifth single off the band’s AM album, gets a steamy and ultra-naughty visual.
The black+white clip starts off with a “Parental Advisory” warning – and for good reason. From prostitutes, a biker gang to a drug-fueled romps, this fast-paced video isn’t for the clean of hearts.
February 7, 2014 § Leave a comment
Arctic Monkeys‘ sultry single “Do I Wanna Know?”, off their fifth album AM, is already beautiful on its own. But the lads decided to strip it down with a new acoustic version, recorded in New York City’s Avatar Studios. With Alex Turner on the guitar and vocals, and Matt Helders on the tambourine and shakers, this acoustic session highlights the poetic beauty of the song’s lyrics.
Arctic Monkeys is currently on a worldwide tour, but the band is set to headline the main stage at Reading and Leeds in August, as well as performing at France’s Rock en Seine and Roskilde in Denmark.
December 8, 2013 § Leave a comment
Arctic Monkeys have always been consistent with their B-sides, and their cuts from their recent AM era have been the strongest. Following “2013” and “Stop The World I Wanna Get Off With You,” comes “You’re So Dark.” This B-side to “One For The Road” is a steamy, ’70s-inspired slow burner.
Rock out below:
October 25, 2013 § 2 Comments
The Arctic Monkeys have released their new video for “One For The Road” – off their latest record, AM. The slow-churning rocker tune gets a black + white visual, which follows guitarist Jamie Cook as he rides on a tractor. The clip ends with the British crew jamming out among a bevy of women as fireworks spark behind them. Leave it to a rock band to make farm equipment look badass.
Watch it below:
September 18, 2013 § 8 Comments
After the cheery vibe of their first two albums, Arctic Monkeys took on a darker sound on 2009’s Humbug and even more so on Suck It And See (released in June 2011). AM, the band’s latest album which dropped on September 10, is a far cry from 2011’s meager Suck It And See – and gladly so. The new album is a space-rock trip that finds the four boys experimenting more than ever. The band has called Los Angeles home for the past few years, and the desert-y California ’60s vibe can definitely be felt throughout the record. But there are also flecks of Los Angeles rap as well as the cool undertones of minimal R&B – which makes the album quite unique.
In recent interviews, frontman Alex Turner has stated: “(The album is) the malt liquor of Death Row records chased down by at the very least a Bacardi Breezer of what (the band) calls ‘girlfriend music – the music our girlfriends were listening to at school when we were into Dr Dre. With people like (an) Aaliyah, what’s sometimes seen as being cheesy is actually a real coolness about the melodies, and we wanted to get a bit of the way that music moves into what we were doing (via Consequence of Sound).” AM was produced in Los Angeles by James Ford and co-produced by Ross Orton. Guest contributors include Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme, Pete Thomas (Elvis Costello), and Bill Ryder-Jones (The Coral).
The album opens up with the rumbling groove, “Do I Wanna Know?” Serving as the first official single off AM, it showcases the growth of frontman Alex Turner’s vocals – which are highlighted by the buzzing guitar licks and smooth percussion. The seductive lyrics don’t hurt either:
“So have you got the guts? Been wondering if your heart’s still open and if so I wanna know what time it shuts. Simmer down and pucker up. I’m sorry to interrupt it’s just I’m constantly on the cusp of trying to kiss you. I don’t know if you feel the same as I do. But we could be together if you wanted to”
Following is current fan favorite, “R U Mine?” It was first teased back in February, but it’s throwback rocker vibe still holds strong. It has notes of classic Arctic Monkeys from their 2006 post-punk debut Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not, intertwined with ’70’s psychedelic rock. “One For The Road” ( that features Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme on vocals) has a gritty, unexpectedly hip-hop undertone – courtesy of the staccato drums as well as Turner channeling his inner emcee as he slightly raps (!!!) on the hook. Keep reading!
September 4, 2013 § Leave a comment
Fresh after releasing “Stop The World I Wanna Get Off With You,” Arctic Monkeys have dropped yet another track off their forthcoming fifth album AM.
“I Want It All” is a solid mid-tempo tune with an all-around classic rocker vibe, which may or may not have been inspired by the Black Keys and Queen of the Stone Age. It is a welcomed change from the other crooning songs the band has released, including “2013”, “Do I Wanna Know” and “Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?”
Listen to “I Want It All” below:
AM will be released on September 10.