Posted by: Phil | September 30, 2009

The Arctic Monkeys at the Electric Factory

Arctic Monkeys
Image from arcticmonkeys.com

For those of you in the greater Philadelphia area, one of the better pop rock bands to come out of the UK, the Arctic Monkeys, is playing tonight at the Electric Factory at 8 PM. The concert has been sold out for a while now (I was looking for tickets last weekend and could not find any through ticketmaster), however for those willing to pay the convenience fee for a scalper, this band would be worth it. The Arctic Monkeys have been lighting up the brit-pop rock scene since their internet demos back in 2003 and have been compared to bands such as The Strokes and Franz Ferdinand.

Image from arcticmonkeys.com
Image from arcticmonkeys.com

When they made their debut back in January 2006 with Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not, they came with a lot of hype from critics with such praise as “You probably won’t hear a better CD all year long.” by the New York Times. Since, they’ve released two quality albums with Favourite Worst Nightmare in 2007 and Humbug in August of this year.

Their latest album is a sort of dark and moody departure from their pop rock roots, with Josh Homme from Queens of the Stone Age (Who will be opening for the Monkeys during their European tour as the drummer in his other band, Eagles of Death Metal) sitting at the helm as producer. While it may not be the spiritual successor to Favourite Worst Nightmare that fans might have wanted it to be, it has been generally well received by critics as a welcome departure in the bands growth.

The Monkeys have always been known for their great live performances and they just recently released a live performance of them at the Apollo in 2007 as a CD/DVD bonus combo.

To sample some of their stuff, check out some of their singles and web exclusive performances from their different albums below.

“Fake Tales of San Fransisco” from Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not.

“Fluorescent Adolescent” from Favourite Worst Nightmare.

“Potion Approaching” (Web Transmission) from Humbug.

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