The Arctic Monkeys arrived onto the scene in the early noughties, setting the pace and punch that would define their ascent over the next decades with their frenzied lead single ‘I Bet That You Look Good on the Dancefloor’.
The band met as teenagers in Sheffield when neighbours Alex Turner (guitar and vocals) and Matt Helders (drums) met Andy Nicholson (bass) at school. They were later introduced to guitarist Jamie Cook, who came up with their band name.
With a touch of serendipity, the band’s formation came just as the internet was revealing its mighty potential for artists and industries alike, and the tried-and-tested method of handing out CD demos around town soon merged into the digital world as word began to spread on the blogosphere, fan forums and social media. Their popularity began to snowball rapidly up and down the country, earning them festival slots and radio airtime all while being unsigned. In 2005 they accepted an offer from Domino records; that their first two singles ‘…Dancefloor’ and ‘When the Sun Goes Down’ went straight to No.1 reflects the national attention and anticipation that had been bubbling.