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Arctic Monkeys

Arctic Monkeys are an English rock band that formed in 2002 out of High Green, a suburb of Sheffield, England.  The band consists of Alex Turner (lead vocals, lead and rhythm guitar, keyboard), Jamie Cook (lead and rhythm guitar). Nick O’Malley (bass, backing vocals) and Matt Helders (drums, percussion, backing vocals).  The band has released five studio albums: “Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not” (2006), “Favorite Worst Nightmare” (2007), “Humbug” (2009), “Suck It and See” (2011), “AM” (2013) and “Life” (2015).  They have also released one live album “At the Apollo” (2008).  Their debut album is the fastest-selling debut album by a band in British chart history, and in 2013, Rolling Stone ranked it the 30th-greatest debut album of all time.

The band has won seven Brit Awards – winning both Best British Group and Best British Album three times and have been nominated for three Grammy Awards.  They also won the Mercury Prize in 2006 for their debut album, in addition to receiving nominations in 2007 and 2013.  The band has also headlined at the Glastonbury Festival twice, in 2007 and in 2013.

Arctic Monkeys were heralded as one of the first bands to come to public attention via the internet (through fan-based sites rather than from the band), with commentators suggesting they represented the possibility of a change in the way new bands are promoted and marketed.

The band’s latest album “AM” (2013) was recorded in Rancho de la Luna in Joshua Tree, California and featured guest appearances by Josh Homme of “Queens of the Stone Age”, Elvis Costello’s drummer Pete Thomas and Bill Ryder-Jones of “The Coral”.

Upon the release of “AM” on September 9, 2013, the album debuted at No. 1 on the UK album charts, selling over 157,000 copies in its first week.  As a result, Arctic Monkeys made history as the first independent label band with five consecutive No. 1 albums in the UK.  The album received widespread critical acclaim and brought the band their third nomination for the Mercury Prize.  The album also won the Brit Award for Best British Album.

Alex Turner described “AM” as the band’s “most original album yet,” merging hip-hop drum beats with 70’s heavy rock.  The frontman has said that the song “Arabella” expresses the two styles of the album most effectively in one track.  On “AM”, Turner continued to experiment with unusual lyrics and the album includes words from the poem “I Wanna Be Yours” by John Cooper Clarke.  Turner has also stated that Homme’s appearance on the song “Knee Socks” marks his favorite moment of the whole album.  In December 2014, the song “Do I Wanna Know?” was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance.

This group loves to experiment in the best kind of way, because as they go from album to album, changing up their sound, it seems they can do no wrong.  It seems every album they release, no matter how different it sounds from the last, always meets critical acclaim and gets nominated for multiple awards.  I hope the Arctic Monkeys will continue this streak with their future albums because so far they seem to be able to do no wrong.

Check out some of the band’s biggest hits below and keep an eye out for whatever comes next from these guys.  I can guarantee it’ll be great.


Sources: Info: Wikipedia – Videos: YouTube: Arctic Monkeys – Picture: Google Images

Ghostland Observatory is an American music duo from out of Austin, Texas.  By mashing together electro, rock, and funk and by taking cues from artists such as Daft Punk and Prince, the duo has created what “Gothamist” calls “electro-dance soul rock”.  The duo consists of frontman Aaron Behrens who provides vocals and occasionally plays guitar and Thomas Ross who plays drums and synthesizer.

The duo released their first full length album “delete.delete.i.eat.meat” in 2005 through Turner’s Trashy Moped Recordings.  Their second CD, “Paparazzi Lightning”, was also released through the same label in January 2006.  On October 2007, the band made their national television debut on NBC’s Late Night With Conan O’Brien, performing the song “Sad Sad City”.  They appeared on the PBS television music program “Austin City Limits” in 2007, and released their first DVD, “Live from Austin, TX”, on November 13, 2007.  In a video that was shot at the Vegoose Music Festival, they announced their next album, “Robotique Majestique”, which was later released on March 4, 2008.  On December 26, 2007, the Austin newspaper, “Austin American-Statesman”, announced Ghostland Observatory as their band of the year.  They performed at the Austin City Limits Music Festival in Austin, TX in 2006, 2007, and 2009.  During their performance at the 2007 show, they played the song “The Band Marches On” while accompanied by the University of Texas during a lights out performance.  The duo has also performed at Coachella in Indio, CA and at the Voodoo Experience in New Orleans, LA.

On October 26, 2010, the band released their fourth album, “Codename: Rondo”, which was introduced through a show at the Cedar Park Center in Texas.  The performance included an elaborate laser-light show that included 16 different lasers and multiple mirrors that were scattered around the stage to produce visual effects that could be seen in real time.  On March 17, 2011, they participated in a friendly battle against Snoop Dogg live at the Red Bull Soundclash on South Padre Island, TX.  On August 13, 2011, they performed at the Pacific Festival in Orange County, CA along with “Cut Copy” and Steve Aoki.  They also played in the Beat Tent on night 3 of the CounterPoint Music Festival in Fairburn, GA.

On April 10, 2013, they posted on their Facebook page, “Yes it’s true.  We are on hiatus right now.  Bathing and relaxing in the cosmos.  Rejuvenating our spirits and soaking in the cosmic rays.  Much love to all our GLOheads out there.  See ya’ll in the future.”  The band has since returned once for one show on January 31, 2014, where they opened for “Jurassic 5” at the Icelantic Winter on the Rocks concert at the Red Rocks Amphitheater.

For a band that is truly unique with their beats, tone and rhythm, look no further.  I think “Gothamist” described their music perfectly as “electro-dance soul rock”.  Check out some of the bands biggest hits below and see for yourself.

Sources: Info: Wikipedia – Videos: YouTube – Ghostland Observatory – Picture: Google Images