Tuesday, August 01, 2006
The Arctic Monkeys
It's been so long since I went out to see a live band. However this was once experience I couldn't miss. The Arctic Monkeys are a band from Sheffield, a depressed city in northern England which is probably most famous for the movie The Full Monty. These guys are remarkable for a number of things. The first is that their success comes from MySpace.com.(apparently the 2nd most popular site on the net. Yahoo.com is no.1) People heard their songs online and told their friends who told their friends and before long they went from playing in front of a crowd of 50 to sold out crowds of as many as could fit into the small venues they were playing. When they signed a record details with the small London company Domino and released their debut album, Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not, it sold 360 000 copies in one week in the UK alone. This made the album the fastest selling debut album in UK history. Quite a feat and this says a lot about our modern society where the internet is king and king maker. This attracted me to the Monkeys, but what kept me there was the rocking music and the amazing lyrics. Now, they are not for everyone, but oh how I love them!
Oh yeah, the concert! It was awesome. Being old and decrepit now, I sat on the mezzanine floor sipping beer and rocking out. The sound was right on the money and the band played all the songs we were hanging out for. One of the weird things about the concert was I didn't meet one person there with a NZ accent. Everyone seemed to be from England!
San Nakji for President!