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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

Years & Years are a British electronica trio that formed in London.  The group consists of frontman and keyboardist Olly Alexander, bassist Mikey Goldsworthy and synth player Emre Turkmen.  The groups music has been described as a blend of electropop mixed with R&B and 90’s house elements.  The band sites Flying Lotus, Diplo, Radiohead and Jai Paul as some of their main influences.

The band formed in 2010 after Goldsworthy moved to London from Ausralia and met Turkmen online.  Shortly after, Alexander joined the group as the lead vocalist after Goldsworthy heard him singing in the shower.  The groups first debut single, “I Wish I Knew” was released in July 2012 on the label Good Bait.  In 2013, the group signed to the French label Kitsune Records and released their second single “Traps” in September 2013.  The groups third single “Real” was released through Kitsune in February 2014.

In 2014, the group signed to Polydor Records and released their fourth single “Take Shelter”.  The EP reachd the No. 1 spot on the Itunes UK Singles Electronic Chart.  In December 2014, the groups fifth single “Desire” was released peaking at No. 22 on the UK singles chart.  In January 2015, the group released their sixth single “King” as a preview on BBC Radio 1 and it was selected as Zane Lowe’s hottest record of the day.  In March 2015, the single reached No. 1 on the official UK charts.

In January 2015, the group won the prestigious BBC Sound of 2015.  They were also nominated for the Critics Choice Award at the Brit Awards 2015.

The group announced their debut album “Communion” will be released on June 22, 2015 through the Polydor label.

This group is already been making a name for themselves without even having a debut album yet.  If they are winning awards just off of their singles, who knows what they will win when the finally release their debut album “Communion”.  Be sure to keep Years & Years in your music peripherals and check out “Communion” when it debuts this June.

Check out some of the bands biggest hits below.

Sources: Info: Wikipedia – Videos: YouTube: Years & Years – Picture: Google Images