The Return of the Monkeys

By Ranga Mavhunga
British Rock band Arctic Monkeys are the premiere band in indie rock. The band gained notoriety when their debut album became the fastest-selling debut album in British music history, surpassing Oasis’ ‘Definitely Maybe’ and remains the fastest-selling debut album for a band in the UK six years on from this achievement
The Arctic Monkeys have released their fourth and arguably their greatest album ‘Suck it and See’ in June 2011. Their fourth album’s first single, titled Don’t Sit Down ‘Cause I’ve Moved Your Chairwas released as a digital download on 11 April and on Vinyl with ‘Brick by Brick’ on 16 April for Record Store Day. On 17 April, it went to No. 28 in the UK Singles ChartSuck It and See was then released on 6 June 2011, and went straight to No. 1 in the album charts. In doing so, Arctic Monkeys became only the second band in history to debut four albums in a row at the top of the charts.

The now legendary band was Formed in 2002 in High Green, a suburb of Sheffield, in England the band currently consists of Alex Turner (lead vocals, lead/rhythm guitar), Jamie Cook (rhythm/lead guitar), Nick O’Malley (bass guitar, backing vocals) and Matt Helders (drums, backing vocals). The bands popularity and success can be attributed to their ability to evolve their sound on each album. For me lead singer Alex Turner’s cleverly written and sung lyrics and strong distinct English accent have lead to ‘The Monkeys’ as they are affectionately labelled by their fans, to become the most unique, versatile and successful indie bands in history. 

Their Latest album Suck it and See sees the band returning from a 2 year hiatus and is certainly the most rewarding album to listen to so far , this album is not the type of music you listen to whilst blogging, tweeting or attempting to compose the perfect Facebook status,  if you do you?re probably going to miss something, for instance the name of the album Suck it and See, while no doubt partly intended as a provocation toward American audiences, it is also common Brit-speak for ‘give it a try’ My favourite songs from the album include hits such as ‘That’s where you’re Wrong’, ‘Brick by Brick’, and ‘Don’t Sit Down Cause I Moved your Chair’. Fans of the band are never disappointed with any of the band’s songs as they all have the power to have you standing up and dancing , the has been compared to British rock bands  of the past such as the Smiths and more modern day bands such as the Libertines and the Kaiser Chiefs.

The response to the fourth Arctic Monkeys album has been exceptional as usual. And not only resulted into a number 1 chart topping album, but the subsequent Suck it and see tour resulted in record attendances with the band   packing out arenas such as Madison square garden in New York and the 02 Arena in London. The bands status as the number Indie group was confirmed when on 27 July 2012, they played in the London Summer Olympics opening ceremony, and with a rumoured fifth album on the way the is no stopping the boys from Yorkshire


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