Joe GransingerFriday,16 August 2013

The Snap:

Arctic Monkeys, the English four-piece indie group, are set to release their fifth studio album, AM, on September 10th. The new single, Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High, was also released this week, featuring smooth vocals, a Dr. Dre inspired beat, and a fun little video to boot. It also lets you see just how pathetic you look when you’re constantly drunk texting girls that aren’t interested.

The Download:

Arctic Monkeys took a strange path to success. They began handing out free CD-R’s to fans at their live shows, and those fans began uploading  the songs onto file-sharing websites — which is what created their initial fan base.

“We never made those demos to make money or anything. We were giving them away free anyway – that was a better way for people to hear them,” said the band.

The group also had a Myspace page created and maintained by fans before they even knew what Myspace was.

And yet — four albums later — Arctic Monkeys continue to create fun and catchy tracks that continuously reach the top of the charts in the UK. A thick English accent is often noticeable in the vocals, and has become one of the band’s defining sounds over the years. They are unique and distinguishable, not only with their lyrics and vocals, but also in the creativity of their music as a whole.

In the 11 years of the band’s history, they have yet to produce a lackluster album. Each record is packed with singles, such as the punky The View from the Afternoon, the poppier Fluorescent Adolescent, the more seriously toned She’s Thunderstorms, and the overall happy vibe of Mardy Bum.

The three singles released from AM so far – Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High, Do I Wanna Know?, and R U Mine? — are exactly what is expected from Arctic Monkeys. All three tracks have an extremely full and dynamic sound — ranging from a badass bass line in Do I Wanna Know? to a gnarly guitar riff that carries throughout R U Mine?.

Judging from the available singles, AM has the potential to be the best Arctic Monkeys album yet – and that’s saying a lot.

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Arctic MonkeysRolling Stone, Image Credit: Flickr

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