Arctic Monkeys

Formed 2002.
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Arctic Monkeys talk to Jo Whiley at the BRITs

Jo catches up with band of the evening Arctic Monkeys backstage at the 2014 BRIT Awards.

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Arctic Monkeys are an English indie rock band formed in 2002 in High Green, a suburb of Sheffield. The band consists of Alex Turner, (lead vocals, lead/rhythm guitar), Jamie Cook (rhythm/lead guitar), Nick O'Malley (bass guitar, backing vocals), and Matt Helders (drums, backing vocals). Former member Andy Nicholson (bass guitar, backing vocals) left the band in 2006 shortly after its debut album was released.

The band have released five studio albums: Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not (2006), Favourite Worst Nightmare (2007), Humbug (2009), Suck It and See (2011) and AM (2013), as well as one live album At the Apollo (2008).

The band's debut album became the fastest-selling debut album in British music history, surpassing Elastica's self-titled album and remains the fastest-selling debut album by a group in the UK. The band have won seven Brit Awards—winning both Best British Group and Best British Album three times, and have twice been nominated for Grammy Awards. The band also won the Mercury Prize in 2006 for its debut album, in addition to receiving a nomination in 2007 and 2013.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Suck It and See

    Suck It and See 2011

    Reviewed by James McMahon
    Evidence that Arctic Monkeys are still Britain’s best guitar band.
  2. Review of Humbug

    Humbug 2009

    Reviewed by Mike Diver
    Incorporating elements of rock‘n’roll's past it's still a very modern affair.
  3. Review of Favourite Worst Nightmare

    Favourite Worst Nightmare 2007

    Reviewed by Tom Young
    Rather scarily, 'Favourite Worst Nightmare' has surpassed previous heights scaled by...
  4. Review of Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not

    Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not 2006

    Reviewed by Mike Diver
    The Sheffield four-piece's hugely influential debut reappraised.