Arctic Monkeys

Formed 2002.
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Arctic Monkeys - R U Mine

Arctic Monkeys perform R U Mine at Reading 2014

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Arctic Monkeys are an English indie rock band formed in 2002 in High Green, a suburb of Sheffield. The band consist of Alex Turner (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Jamie Cook (lead guitar, backing vocals), Nick O'Malley (bass, backing vocals), and Matt Helders (drums, backing vocals). Former band 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).

Their debut album is the fastest-selling debut album in British music history by a band, surpassing Elastica's self-titled album. The band have won seven Brit Awards—winning both Best British Group and Best British Album three times, and has twice been nominated for Grammy Awards. They also won the Mercury Prize in 2006 for their debut album, in addition to receiving nominations in 2007 and 2013. The band have headlined at the Glastonbury Festival twice, in 2007 and again in 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.
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