By Dayana Westhaver
Do you listen to indie rock? If so, maybe you’ve heard of the band Arctic Monkeys. They’ve grown more and more popular in the past twelve years, especially with their new album AM. Their music is relaxing, yet transitions into a more rock sound; the popularity of this mix of genres is now ever-growing. Senior Laura DiFilippi expresses her opinion on its popularity: “Yes, I think indie rock is becoming very popular, and eventually everyone will be listening to it.”
The English band formed in 2002 and now boasts five albums, each possessing its own distinct sound. They are quite successful with various tours and awards, seven being a Brit award as an example. The current members of the band are Alex Turner (lead vocals; lead/rhythm guitar), Jamie Cook (rhythm/lead guitar), Nick O’Malley (bass, backing vocals), and Matt Helders (drums, backing vocals). When first starting out, the band performed in small gigs and distributed demos for free. Lots of popularity and attention came from the many fans that created social media accounts dedicated to the Arctic Monkeys. As soon as they got their first record deal and released their début album in 2006 (Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not),their chart rankings soared exponentially and their music inevitably spread to other countries like the United States.
Since the album AM, some fans hold mixed opinions on their new sound, while others are still in complete awe over their music. “Their latest album is one of their finest,” commented Mikayla Calabrese, sophomore, “… The songs flow together so well and that’s part of what has made it one of their most successful albums.” Sophomore Lexy Kirby also agrees that it is a good album; however, it’s not her favorite. The album AM received great overall response from fans to Rolling Stones reviews, expressing their positive feedback for the album.
If you were to ask an indie rock fan about good bands to listen to, Arctic Monkeys will probably be one of them; some say “they are at the top of my list for recommendation.” As a whole the band is unique and a good listen if you are into indie rock. “I recommend you start from their first album… it’s life changing,” remarked Lexy Kirby, sophomore. In the end you choose to listen to and love it, have the full experience with a listen from the beginning, or not listen to it at all. As the fans say, there are two types of people in the world: those who love them and those who don’t know who they are.