Artist: Arctic Monkeys
Genre: Alternative Rock
Well can’t we just laugh and joke around
Remember cuddles in the kitchen
Yeah, to get things off the ground
And it was up, up and away
Oh, but it’s right hard to remember
That on a day like today when you’re all argumentative
And you’ve got the face on
And yeah I’m sorry I was late
But I missed the train
And then the traffic was a state
And I can’t be arsed to carry on in this debate that reoccurs,
Oh, when you say I don’t care
But of course I do, yeah, I clearly do!
Here’s a fun fact about me: when I first saw the album cover, I thought the man on it was the lead singer, with the rugged look and all that. But when I saw Alex for the first time, I was skeptical, because ‘how can such a wiry dude have a sturdy voice?’. Looks can be very deceiving, my mates.
You’re a blithering fool if you have a music blog/ call yourself a music fanatic and haven’t ever mentioned or heard of this phenomenal band. Being one of the very best bands this century has witnessed, The ‘Arctic Monkeys’ continue to deliver mind-blowing, jaw-dropping songs till date. The band, a garage project, was founded in 2002, in Sheffield, England; Alex Turner, the lead singer, happens to be one of the more talented song-writers today. With chart-busting singles like ‘Do I wanna know’ and ‘R U Mine’, the band has maintained a very prominent image in the post-rock revival industry. With their ‘The Smiths meets The Cure’ (Morrissey won’t be pleased) style of music, at least most of them, they’ve established a whole new meaning to alternative/indie rock. If indie rock is at all, a popular genre in the 21st century, this band deserves most of the credit.
Mardy Bum, one of my favorite works by the band, happens to be a very happy-go-lucky song, disguised as an apology to the livid missus. The song has been beautifully crafted, with a very first-hand remorse, explaining the reasons for him being late. A ‘Mardy Bum’ is someone very unhappy with the way things happen; a moaner, basically (no, not like THAT). What I much prefer is the acoustic version; it sounds more appealing and casual, unlike the energetic album recording. The band’s signature use of electric guitars and lively drums are also very evident. Alex’s heavy, North England accent adds more charm to it than necessary. Released 11 years ago, this has to still be one of their very best, authentic songs. The British roots are so very evident, it’s almost too surreal to take in. I’m just really glad to see that Brit Rock hasn’t become completely obsolete.
Also, if you follow the band closely, there’s always a change of trends in their style of music, with every successive album. The new album, ‘tranquility base hotel and casino’ has failed to meet the expectations of many-a-persons, me included. Hopefully, Arctic Monkeys won’t fade away into the shadowy world of mediocrity and loss of self-recognition, like most bands have. Fame and money does that to people, getting into their heads and whispering gibberish. Alex better turn around and chase his humility, before it’s all too late. The Beatles were a disaster in the later years and we can’t afford to let another mastermind go berserk.