Arctic Monkeys are a four-piece indie rock band from the suburbs of Sheffield. These northern roots are a key element of their style which has been compared to The Jam, Pulp and The Streets, and labelled then as a “northern Libertines”.
After forming in 2002, the band achieved their initial success via the internet, through fan-made demo tapes and online file-sharing. At the time, they were one of the first acts to make a name for themselves in this way, leading to a change in the way new bands are promoted and marketed.
Their debut single “I Bet You Look Good On the Dancefloor” and the follow up “When The Sun Goes Down” reached number one in the UK Singles Chart and five of their singles hit the UK top five. Their debut album, Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not, was among the fastest-selling debut album in British music history. Among other awards, the album won the 2006 Mercury Prize and was chosen as the best album of year by Q Magazine.
The band’s second album, Favourite Worst Nightmare, has seen similar success, selling over 225,000 copies in its debut week and it has also recently been nominated for the 2007 Mercury Prize. Arctic Monkeys go on tour in North America in September 2007.