Arctic Monkeys are an English indie rock band formed in 2002 in High Green, a suburb of Sheffield.
They were heralded as one of the first group of acts to come to the public attention via the Internet
(fan-based sites rather than from the band).
Also known as
The Death Ramps
Indie rock, psychedelic rock, garage rock, post-punk revival
The Last Shadow Puppets, Mongrel
Alex Turner (lead vocals, lead/rhythm guitar),
Jamie Cook (rhythm/lead guitar),
Nick O'Malley (bass guitar, backing vocals)
Matt Helders (drums, backing vocals)
Andy Nicholson (bass guitar, backing vocals)
Arctic Monkeys Trivia:
• First gig on June 13th 2003 at The Grapes in Sheffield city-centre
• Peter Crouch's robo dance is based on the Arctic Monkeys song "I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor"
• "Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not" is the fastest selling debut album in UK chart history
Arctic Monkeys Awards
2005 Muso Awards - Best New Act - November 2005
2006 Brit Awards - Best British Breakthrough Act - February 2006
2006 NME Awards - Best New Band, Best British Band - February 2006
2006 ESKY Music Awards [from Esquire] - Most Promising Phenoms - April 2006
2006 Zlatn Koogla Awards [Croatia] - Best New International Act - April 2006
2006 NME Awards - Best Track - February 2006 ("I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor")
Arctic Monkeys Quotes
"For me (music) is more of a recent thing. I mean, I've always liked music but I never thought I'd be in a band until this happened. I was probably thinking about being an actor or summat... well, when I was a little kid!"
"I never made an effort to play an instrument or anything. I used to play the organ a bit but I was crap at that. Being in a band has got me into music more than anything else - it wasn't the other way around."
It was 2002, we all got guitars for Christmas and started playing in my garage that summer, rehearsed there and in a warehouse for a bit for about a year. We did our first gig in June 2003 and we played a few gigs in and around Sheffield for a bit then started doing gigs outside of Sheffield about this time last year, recording demos while all this was going on.