The Arctic Monkeys: Song Analysis Essay

The Arctic Monkeys are an English rock band formed around 2002 in Sheffield. Their music has impacted the way we listen to rock in past couple of years by creating and adding new sound never imagined in indie rock. Currently there are about 4 members in the band. Alex turner (lead vocalist) and Jamie Cook (guitarist) both started their career earlier before the band was even together in 2001. Later on they met Matt Helders (drummer) and Andy Nicholson (bassist) which the decided to start performing small gigs all over Sheffield.

Over time the band came to be recognized by their unique sound in music. They were invited by many record labels to join them and even had some interview on the radio. Alex turner born on January 6, 1986 raised in the Sheffield suburb of high green in England. Alex was an only child, his parents are Penny and David turner. His father was a “jazz head”, he played saxophone, clarinet, and piano. Alex was involved in a side projected that he recorded called the last shadow. At some point he was a solo artist for a while.

As a child he was shown all types of music genres and artist by his parents which inspired him to pursue a career in music. Jamie Robert cook born on July 8, 1985 raised in West Kirby, Merseyside, England. He is known for being the founder of the band. He was next door neighbors with his band mate Alex turner. He is the most outspoken member in the band, by going on radio and stating things that just come up in his mind like nobody’s business. He did get married to Katie Downes in 2006, had their first born child named Forrest in 2015.

Matthew helders born on May 7, 1986 raised in Sheffield, England. Matthew was also know for forming the band. When he did he saw that everyone had already a place except him, he decided since nobody would play the drums that he would learn. So he went out and bought a drum kit and started to learn. In 2015, Helders collaborated with Iggy Pop and Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme and Dean Fertita to record Pop’s latest studio album, Post Pop Depression. Matthew did release his own clothing line in 2007 selling shirts, hoodies, jackets, and arctic monkeys mixed album.

He did end up being engaged in 2013 and married in 2015. He has a daughter named Amelia helders whom which was born on October in 2015. Last but not least Nicholas O’Malley who was born on July 5, 1985 raised in Sheffield, England as well. Nicholas states that he started playing the bass at the age of 16 after his father had banned him from playing the drums and guitar. Before joining Arctic Monkeys, O’Malley played the bass guitar in local garage rock band The Dodgems.

O’Malley was drafted in as a temporary replacement for bassist Andy Nicholson when the latter announced he would not make the band’s North America tour in May 2006. O’Malley resides in Los Angeles with his long-term partner Kelly Boss, a grill cafe chef. The pair welcomed a son, Hearst, in March 2014. In 2015, the pair welcomed a daughter, Iggy. One of the arctic monkey’s most popular song is “do wanna know? ”. This song was released in 2013. Their most popular album is “AM”, this very same album has sold over 2 million copies worldwide.

Thousands of copies are being sold every week ever since the band started to become famous. Rolling stones article on arctic monkeys states that as time went by their music started change as well as their style of clothing. They started wearing suits and ties and leather jackets. They call it “indifferent Brit-pop-fringe plus pasty-bad-skin combo”. Turner also stated “almost like the Spiders from Mars covering Aaliyah. There’s like a shimmery, intergalactic, slightly cosmic element to the way both those genres make me feel.

What’s so unique about the arctic monkeys? They have an irresistible mix of heavy guitar riffs and r’n’b grooves. The way they involve the guitar and the drums more. They give them more solos in songs that make them seem catchy. Their sound is never the same in every album. They want to be known for more than just being a rock band. They want to break genre boundaries, mix different instruments in songs where people might believe they don’t belong. Arctic monkeys makes it work whichever way they decide to compose their music in a song.