Tuesday, August 12, 2008


Who The Fuck Are Arctic Monkeys?-
Arctic Monkeys
Status-Out as of 2006
Rating-4.5 Feathers

With their sudden rise to fame, the Arctic Monkeys wasted no time recording new material. Almost four months after their debut came out, they released the EP ‘Who The Fuck Are Arctic Monkeys?’ containing five tracks, four new ones. The EP starts with What Ever People Say I Am’s ‘The View From The Afternoon’. Like the previous review, the shear power exhibited sucks you in immediately. The highly observant lyrics on going out at night just make it that much better. Also, the fact that Alex’s voice cracks makes them even more relatable. ‘Cigarette Smoker Fiona’ is a little edgier than the previous song. Lyrics like ‘I never came from no ghetto, but it wasn’t nowhere near here’ show that the band aren’t trying to be anything they aren’t, which is always a plus. Over all, it’s not that incredible, so it’s not going to become an instant classic, or favourite for that matter. ‘Despair in the Departure Lounge’ is about a guy leaving a girl and learning how to deal with the reality of being alone again. Though it’s a little lengthy, the lyrics like ‘Cause she isn't there to hold your hand, she won't be waiting for you when you land’ express the emotion extremely well and the lone guitar with a subtle piano are very effective in achieving the heartbreak mood. ‘No Buses’ is much more poppy and happier than anything they’ve done so far and it oddly reminds me of the beach. Though the line ‘it was the antiseptic to the sore’ is supposed to be romantic, it’s just gross. ‘Who The Fuck Are Arctic Monkeys?’ finishes the album with a bang. The song discusses what it’s like to become as successful as they did in such a short time, the dark side of it, and how people may be saying ‘in 5 years time will it be “Who the fuck’s Arctic Monkeys?”’ Matt’s vocals and Andy’s bassline at the end help this song embrace a more serious feel, but still dark. Shouting ‘Bring on the backlash!’ shows that they are ready for anything that comes their way. Though this EP received virtually no air-play because of it’s increased ‘language’, it still sold extremely well. With four new genre exploring, unexpectedly amazing tracks, you can only imagine what this would have turned into if it were turned into an album! It’s a nice treat that’ll hold you off until their next album arrives.
“People already proper care about the music, before it's even finished. You can see it in their eyes and nobody can take that away from you.”-Alex Turner

Live Video for Who The Fuck are Arctic Monkeys?

Arctic Monkeys Official Website
NOTE: Okay, I really wish they hadn't used f-ck so much because their may be some sensitive readers out there so I censored it, I hope, properly. Just tell me if it's really bothering you. Also, with the video, Alex's hair and shirt are horrible but the performance is overall good, that's why I put it, so enjoy the sound. Thank you for reading my first EP review!
EDIT: Screw it, I took the line out and put the real word.


Arnold Layne said...

I've been listening to a lot more Arctic Monkeys lately have begun to truly appreciate their music. You do make a good point - A View From The Afternoon does suck you in immediately and is a great song in general.

Double Hawk said...

Arnie: I'd suggest watching the video for A View From The Afternoon, it's just a guy playing the drums in line with the song, but it gets flat out weird. Glad you're turning on to them!