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The Arctic Monkeys line-up
Hey, hey it's the Monkeys!
The Arctic Monkeys have taken music scene by storm, even before releasing their debut album. BBC South Yorkshire caught up with the download superstars on their way up back in 2005.
Sheffield band Arctic Monkeys have gone from strength to strength over the last couple of years and are now labeled the first superstars of the download generation.
We caught up with lead singer/ guitarist Alex Turner [AT] and guitarist Jamie Cook [JK] back in 2005 before they'd completely taken off...
So how did you guys get started?
AT - It was 2002, we all got guitars for Christmas and started playing in my garage that summer, rehearsed there and in a warehouse for a bit for about a year.
We did our first gig in June 2003 and we played a few gigs in and around Sheffield for a bit then started doing gigs outside of Sheffield, recording demos while all this was going on.
We got to the point where we could pack in us jobs we were doing 'cause we had enough interest to know we'd go somewhere with it for a bit.
We did us first proper tour in June 2005 which sold out, we did our second tour in August 05 which ended at Reading and Leeds Festivals and this one [third mini-tour to Europe, Japan and the United States] is like our third proper tour and it's a sellout. So that's a brief history for ya!
What have been the highlights so far for you?
JK - Reading and Leeds were good, when we headlined at the Leadmill, that was good. We'd played before, but when we headlined we sold it out which were good.
AT - Yeah, 'cause that's where we used to go and watch bands and stuff, that was good but recording the album, finishing that and listening back was sound!
When did you finish recording?
AT - Just before this tour [October 2005], we start mixing it next week. We recorded as we'd recorded stuff before, live. But there is the odd tambourine there [laughs] to try and make it more of a record, but we did it pretty much live. It's out in January 2006.
We were in the countryside, Lincolnshire, cut off from civilisation, the chef at the studios calls the place Darwin's waiting room [laughs]... there's no-one for miles around.
The interest from the public and the media is immense...
JK - We went back home in the car just now, we dropped us mate off and it came on Radio 2. On 'way back just before our mate got in the car it were on Radio 1, and when he got in the car he goes 'I've just seen you on MTV'... it's too much though man, it's a bit daft.
Alex getting ready to rock The Plug
Has the popularity freaked you out?
JK - Yeah, some things do. I don't normally get recognised so I'm alright, I don't mind it that way, I don't want it ever to get really big.
AT - It's a bit difficult sometimes.
JK - It's when you're trying to watch other bands, I mean I know people aren't being rude but sometimes you just wanna go home [laughs].
AT - You don't want to be rude... it's nice in a way. It's like when we're trying to watch Milburn, but people are gonna talk to ya I suppose. It's nowt to moan about really.
People say Sheffield is the most happening place in the country for new bands - what do you think?
JK - There are bands like Harrisons, Milburn... we used to go and watch Milburn when we were 15 and that, but the bands started out at the same time, like Bromheads Jacket.
We started doing alright for ourselves and a lot of focus came onto this 'scene'. But there are loads of good bands, and people want to create a scene, and it's not like the London scene.
AT - It's good how we all know each other as well, it's not like I'm mates with Tom from Milburn, I'm just mates with Tom.
Jamie is happy he's not recognised too often
JK - And I used to play football with him for Red Rose [laughs].
AT - People do ask me if I see the other Sheffield bands and I do, but it's like, I see my mates and they happen to play as well too.
So are you at home in Sheffield very often?
AT - We haven't been back very often 'cause of the tour, but we're new to this, we've not been doing it very long.
JK - I was looking at next year's schedule the other day and we've only got about three weeks off... a lot of it is just touring.
last updated: 21/05/2008 at 11:44
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