Literally the Best Thing Ever: Arctic Monkeys

They’ve always sounded like home to me.

Illustration by Caitlin H.

Illustration by Caitlin H.

In the seven years between 2006 and 2013, Alex Turner, the frontman of the band Arctic Monkeys, went from this:


to this:


My older brother made a similar transition, over the same period of time, in front of my eyes: scruffy to groomed, careless to more calculated. Alex Turner, a man from a city not 100 miles from my own, has always seemed like he wouldn’t be out of place in our house, like he could be one of my brother’s best friends. You know that friend of your older brother’s that you’ve known all your life, and had a crush on almost as long, who likes the same music you like, but who still thinks of you as a kid, so you don’t have a chance? Like that. And his band could be any of the bands my brother used to practice with in our garage—only, of course, much, much better. I can easily transpose Alex, Jamie Cook, Nick O’Malley, and Matt Helders into that garage, sit near the door, and listen to them banter about football and girls in between songs. I can see them leaving the house together for messy nights out, leaving me to listen to music by myself in my bedroom. What I’m saying is that Arctic Monkeys have always somehow felt like home to me.

The band’s first two albums, Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I Am Not and Favourite Worst Nightmare, consist of rough melodies that you might hear faintly down a suburban road, or through your brother’s bedroom walls, or across gray pavement on a shallow night deep with booze. Theirs is the music of English roads, houses that all look the same, dingy clubs with sticky floors and balding bouncers, and a creeping grayness that is only alleviated by all the endless “last night” stories, full of youth and arrogance.

But they are not a nostalgia act. Arctic Monkeys always move forward, and they pull their fans along with them. Their latest album, AM, is less colloquial—not as much crime nor as many dodgy locals this time around—but just as charming as the earlier ones. As Alex has explained:

I’ve never really sort of changed what I’ve written about. All right, I suppose there’s nothing about queuing up for the taxi or whatever… Perhaps it’s just from a different part of the room that those people or places are being observed. Like it’s a different director or summat, but the same story.

Their sound has gotten a lot smoother on this record; they’ve lost their scruff—just like my brother’s haircuts these days. But it still speaks directly to me; it always feels relevant to my life, and full of truth. It is basically a perfect album—especially, in my experience, for crushing on someone hard. And they haven’t forgotten the power of a great guitar solo.

I also love how unpretentious they are. In the video for their biggest hit, “Brianstorm,” they perform in shadows, shot not from the front, the vantage point of the audience, but rather from the spaces between the band members, making us feel as though we’re Arctic Monkeys too.

Their fans don’t put them on a pedestal, but love them for seeming just like us. What I find most endearing is that, despite their immense talent, they never seem precious about their music—they are childhood friends who always seem to be having FUN. Their innate sense of humor ripples through most of their lyrics as well as their public appearances. They never give ANY fucks, and I just love them for it.

Which doesn’t mean their music is superficial—quite the opposite. Their general humor and playfulness make the moments when they get serious and emotional feel that much more significant. It catches you by surprise, which makes it hit harder, I think. Like in “505,” off of My Favourite Worst Nightmare, when Alex goes, “I probably still adore you with your hands around my neck—or I did last time I checked” and just effortlessly rip at my heart. Or in “When the Sun Goes Down,” a song about a young prostitute, the line “Look here comes a Ford Mondeo” just kills me with its tender banality. And can I mention how “Mardy Bum,” not even the most serious of AM’s songs, with strings and a huge crowd singing along, always makes me want to cry?

Even though Alex Turner is a genius, he doesn’t act like one—he’s generally rather awkward and unassuming. And he’s something of a rarity these days: a musician who doesn’t directly “engage with fans” through Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook. We are never filled in on the details of his day; I don’t think I’ve ever seen an Alex Turner selfie. He’s still a bit of an enigma to us. And so, for the most part, is the rest of the band. They don’t engage much with self-promotion or hype, even right before an album comes out. All of this somehow makes the music feel cleaner, because I haven’t received any ideas about it before hearing it for the first time.

Arctic Monkeys are such an oddball band, but that is what, somewhat paradoxically, makes them so popular and well-loved. They stand out because they don’t seem to care about trends; they develop their music on their own terms, according to their own interests. They are on their own and always in my heart. ♦


  • KristiMichelle January 6th, 2014 7:17 PM

    I’m seeing them in May and I am so excited!

    • littlediamonds January 6th, 2014 7:54 PM

      Oh my God, you’re so lucky!

    • fibiii January 6th, 2014 10:50 PM

      IM SEEING THEM IN MAY TOO I can’t wait! I also am so happy this article came out on Alex’s birthday, it emphasises everything I love about the Arctic Monkeys I love it Naomi thank you!!!!!

    • nizmocat January 7th, 2014 3:51 AM

      OMG i’m seeing them in May too!!!!! Which concert are you guys going to?

      • fibiii January 7th, 2014 4:34 PM

        the sydney concert on the 6th of may :-) i could only get tickets on the upper floor though *sigh*, you?

    • traceface January 11th, 2014 9:08 PM

      You’re in for a treat!! I saw them last month and it was the best night of my life. Make sure you go early because getting close to the stage is worth the wait.

  • Tiana January 6th, 2014 7:32 PM

    I love the arctic monkeys so much! They’re just always getting better. And Alex turner is so dreamy ahaha my school gets tickets to the Brit awards and they’re performing this year so hopefully I’ll get to go!
    Tiana x

  • MissKnowItAll January 6th, 2014 7:33 PM

    The Arctic Monkeys have been everything to me for the past few years. I’m not quite sure what it is. The way that every song feels like the soundtrack to a movie I’m dying to be in or how every bitter sweet melody holds me and hugs me tight after the worst of days. Or how nothing is expected but it still feels familiar when the guitars begin to strum and my heart melts in my chest My favorite album is probably Suck it and See( Alex wrote some of the songs for the stellar movie Submarine as well). It’s so odd to think about how most of their songs have nothing to do with my life but I still relate to it just because I’ve heard it so often. I’m seeing them in February at MSG and I’m so proud of those Sheffield boys for selling out the stadium.Today is Alex’s 28th birthday and it’s difficult to wish him considering he doesn’t have any social media profiles but nonetheless, I wish him from the bottom of my heart. This just made me so happy to read. Thank you so much Naomi!

    • MissKnowItAll January 6th, 2014 7:40 PM

      And I also agree that he is a definite genius! Who else would’ve come up with the lyrics to Piledriver waltz”. It feels like the perfect prom music. Like somethign that’ll play as the last song with balloons falling on the dance floor

  • Adrienne January 6th, 2014 7:42 PM

    YES!!! Great article and awesome illustration! Although I haven’t been a fan of Arctic Monkeys for long, they’ve become one of my favorite bands. And I also kind of have the same association with the older sibling bit… I remember my older sister liking them when she was in high school haha.

    And Happy Birthday Alex! [the scheduling for this article must not have been a coincidence ;) ]

    • Adrienne January 6th, 2014 8:52 PM

      I thought I should share this as well… Alex having a fit of the giggles in “Do I wanna Know.” :)))

      • umi January 6th, 2014 11:15 PM

        literally you guys hear the spacing of his giggles??????????????

      • Razzmatazzberry January 7th, 2014 12:49 AM

        ahh I was at that show!!!! so cute!!! also, can we talk about his hip thrusts???!!

        • umi January 7th, 2014 2:36 PM

          he dances to his music like it’s not his music

  • littlediamonds January 6th, 2014 7:48 PM

    OMG i can’t believe this! I always liked them a lot but never really LOVED their music until AM. To me, the album is just PERFECT in every way and i listened to it so many times i’ve lost count. I’m so happy to see an article about them here! Rookie is the best. And I have NO IDEA what’s happened to Alex but i like it very much.

  • AliceinWonderland January 6th, 2014 8:01 PM


  • sofia the weird January 6th, 2014 8:01 PM

    I like to think that the Arctic Monkeys were the turning point in my life. I was 14 when I heard Crying Lightning on the radio and it was like I was falling through space. On that summer afternoon, my life started, and with their music came other great bands, films, books,(even Rookie) and my friends who are, thanks to me, big Monkeys fans. Songs for the summer on Suck it and See, for the winter on Humbug, for the night on AM. They are especial to me and even though I don’t listen to their old stuff very often they have this enormous space in my heart as my first favourite band. (And Alex Turner gets the spot for first crush ever… Homeboy is hot)

  • sumptionface January 6th, 2014 8:09 PM

    So glad someone posted about them on rookie!!!! I am from Sheffield their home city and I really feel what you mean about them sounding like home. I love you for writing this x

  • prange January 6th, 2014 8:13 PM


    and happy birthday to alex turnerrrr (MY BABE) he’s 28 today aaaaaah :’)

    I saw them december 4th and i was in the back but it was seriously so freaking awesome i had the best time ever~~

  • agridulce January 6th, 2014 8:17 PM

    You guys every day get better and better post.
    This is now, one o f my favourites<3

  • Masch January 6th, 2014 8:28 PM

    This is my favourite article ever, thank you so so so so much. Everything here, every sentence here speaks to me.
    And yes, they’re just like home and I can listen to them anytime and they always make me feel better.
    Thank you so much Naomi (and Rookie), I’ve never felt more understood about music and them and I just can’t. Thank you. I love you.

  • maddy-lou January 6th, 2014 8:32 PM

    Thank you so much for this article! What a great way to celebrate Alex Turner’s 28th birthday! The Arctic Monkeys are one of a few indie bands that not only manage to remain unique and innovative, but also unpretentious and down-to-earth. They are still just a group of best friends who share a passion for creating fun and thoughtful music. I feel that they don’t they get the credit they deserve over here in the United States, especially considering how varied, but consistently good their albums are. It has been a pleasure to watch them evolve over the past 7 years, not only as musicians, but also as people, and I can’t wait to see what they do next.

  • JadeTayla January 6th, 2014 8:37 PM

    I screamed a little when I saw this come up on the Rookie homepage! Arctic Monkeys really ARE “literally the best thing ever”, and they mean so much to me and my friends. They were virtually the one and only band that was with me throughout the entirety of my teenage years. Their first album came out when I was 12 in 2006, and ‘AM’ came out in 2013, my first year of Uni. It feels as though they have grown up alongside me.

    Naomi you’re description of their music being that of: “English roads, houses that all look the same, dingy clubs with sticky floors and balding bouncers, and a creeping grayness that is only alleviated by all the endless ‘last night’ stories, full of youth and arrogance” is perhaps the most vivid and accurate account of the sort of imagery and feelings their songs produce for me, and I’ve never even been to England!

    I seriously can’t believe I’ll be seeing them for the first time in May, AND HAPPY 28th BIRTHDAY TO MY DARLING ALEX! xxx

  • Piper Lynch January 6th, 2014 8:46 PM

    oh i love them so much. i’ve been waiting for a rookie post on them :) alex turner is so interesting. i’ve been a long term fan and I’m seeing them for the first time in february!

  • arctickatie January 6th, 2014 8:48 PM

    its like you peered inside my mind and wrote it all out!!! could not have put it better myself. this article is literally the best thing ever!

  • mooyeah January 6th, 2014 8:48 PM


  • mooyeah January 6th, 2014 8:52 PM

    ALSO it would be awesome if Matt Helders did an Ask a Grown Man. I feel he would be very very good at it!

  • TheMiddleMisfit January 6th, 2014 8:52 PM

    Oh my god I was literally singing “Do I Wanna Know” as I opened this page WHAT?!?

  • Maca January 6th, 2014 9:02 PM

    Let’s all talk about the visuals in their songs, k? I mean, Arabella and Suck It And See take me to another dimention entirely (And they’re not even my favorite songs by them).

  • Zoe with two dots January 6th, 2014 9:09 PM

    Oh my god, I love the Arctic Monkeys!! I love how they evolve with each album, yet it always sounds like it couldn’t be anyone else’s music. I love them in every stage, from the scruffy punk-pop of their first album, to the morose poetry of Humbug, to the super-sexy thing they’ve got going on on AM.

    Thank you Rookie for publishing this article, I may have screamed (internally) when I saw it on the front page.

    My friend and I are going to see them in Melbourne in May, I absolutely can’t wait!

  • Soph January 6th, 2014 9:23 PM

    They’re my favourite band of all time!!! Love this so much thanks for posting :)

  • Kacey Campbell January 6th, 2014 9:51 PM

    I saw them this past September and it was honestly one of the best nights of my entire life. The great thing about Arctic Monkeys fans is that they are not any specific type of person, there were teenage girls dancing right next to married couples and everyone just sang along together and felt the music. I hope that anyone who is going to one of their concerts soon has the time of their lives because honestly, they’re that good.

  • wat why January 6th, 2014 10:08 PM

    I saw them on september, and before that, I didn’t think I was ever ever EVER EVER E v E r E V E R going to see them, but I did, and it was perfect in every way. Happy birthday Alex WE LOVE U BBY ♥

  • llamalina January 6th, 2014 10:11 PM

    Alex Turner is suuuuuch a DREAMBOAAAT, I can’t even comprehend how excited I got when I saw this article, oh my god I love them so much and they are perfect this is perfect I love it *hyperventilates*

  • umi January 6th, 2014 10:56 PM

    oh god yes.i actually cried listening to them last night,they’re just so amazing and comforting and they make my insides fuzzy.kinda like static.i love them.they’re coming near me at the end of the month and i cant afford tickets,do you even understand how INFURIATED I AM??? arctic monkeys in st. petersburg florida,friCKINNN.alex is probably 10x more beautiful in real life and i may never be able to see him.i’ll probably never feel that oddly amazing bassline in the depths of my heart so literally bye

  • January 6th, 2014 11:00 PM

    Great writing. I’ve never gotten into Arctic Monkeys, you make me want to! The 2nd piece with the strings & audience singing is lovely.

  • tweedcoats January 6th, 2014 11:11 PM

    their newest album AM is the soundtrack to my crush on this guy….I was literally just listening to it on repeat before I opened my laptop and read this. Sometimes a band releases a song or album that just fits perfectly into your life, and THIS IS IT. I love them. <3

  • smells-like-teen-angst January 6th, 2014 11:12 PM

    Wow this made my day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They are my favorite band (besides Nirvana and…no surprise…The Strokes…) and I love when other people love them!! Thanks for writing this!!!!!

  • lexjuly January 7th, 2014 12:03 AM

    I’ve just recently discovered Arctic Monkeys, and i can agree that they are literally the best thing ever. their music videos for Suck it and See and When the Sun Goes Down are so good. Happy Birthday Alex, may your hotness increase with age.

  • bookworm123 January 7th, 2014 12:17 AM



    Okay sorry I’m deranged and tired but I love arctic monkeys

  • femmefatale11 January 7th, 2014 1:21 AM

    i love arctic monkeys! amazing band

  • damdayy January 7th, 2014 1:26 AM


  • Lillypod January 7th, 2014 1:38 AM

    eh, too bloke-y for me. dont know why.

  • Pearl January 7th, 2014 2:45 AM

    I was literally listening to ‘Brianstorm’ like a minute ago when I saw this article. I’d like to think it was written in the stars :)
    P for Pearl

  • whatsernamewashere January 7th, 2014 3:12 AM

    AHHHHH I saw them live a few weeks ago…Alex Turner is so awkwardly smooth live. I can’t even. He like, makes love to the music and you feel like you’re maybe not supposed to be watching but you still are. It’s freaking ridiculous. In the very best way possible.


  • kirstenjade January 7th, 2014 3:35 AM

    HELL YEAH! i’ve made so many friends through this band and had some of the best sing along spontaneous dances to their tunes. i have been blessed to see them twice in the last two years and lemme tell ya those were 2 concerts that i will be telling my grandkids about. i like to think that AM are the beatles of our generation ARCTIC MONKEYS FOREVER

  • neenay January 7th, 2014 4:30 AM

    I’m so excited for something grand to be written about them, thank you!! :)
    I am such a massive fan of them–the way they function as a band, the way they’re always the epitome of cool (whether it’s dodgy or slick or whatever they fucking feel like), and obviously their music. I feel like every time they could have stuck with the successful sound of every previous album of theirs, but they just don’t. They keep going and keep sounding amazing. And it doesn’t hurt that Alex is a goddamn dreamboat. Omg haha he is unreal.

  • ifellfromlalaland January 7th, 2014 4:34 AM

    Naomi I know exactly what you mean about the Arctic Monkeys being the music of suburban north England but you expressed it way more beautifully than I’d ever be able to. They just GET the feeling of walking home in the dark at 2am after a shitty house party where the person you like hooked up with someone else or the boredom of a rainy evening or the walk to a party with your friends stumbling around and carrying plastic bottles of vodka.

    Gahhhhh I saw then at benicassim in spain and they were AMAZING and alex kept his leather jacket on for the whole set and it was HOT so it just made him more HOT.

  • shaaash January 7th, 2014 4:43 AM

    yes yes yes YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • giov January 7th, 2014 5:46 AM

    when they first came out I was 16 and my best friend and I became obsessed. we made it to their first concert in italy, and even if we had to leave early cause my dad was driving us home, IT WAS SO GOOD. they’ll have a place in my heart forever and ever, amen.

  • Nadifa January 7th, 2014 7:52 AM

    Awww yesss!!
    Their music is awesome!

  • Joyce January 7th, 2014 7:54 AM

    a friend of mine made me listen to their whole discography (before Suck it and See) and i remember listening to in that one night. it was a TURNING POINT in my musical exploration or whatever. but i’ve listened to them before that. Flourescent Adolescent was the first Arctic Monkeys song i’ve listened to and it still holds a special place in my heart. My other favorites would be The Bakery, Mardy Bum, and almost every song in Suck it and See (that album is CELESTIAL). however, i’m not really a huge fan of AM. Do I Wanna Know is the only song i keep going back to from the album and it actually sounds like The White Stripes’ Offend in Every Way (?!) Nevertheless, Arctic Monkeys is one of the greatest, duh. and no other artist can catch up to them in my artist-most-listened-to list. THEY ARE NO. 1!

  • flocha January 7th, 2014 8:12 AM

    This is possibly one of my favourite rookie articles ever (I was literally thinking how someone should write this on here)! I have grown up with the arctic monkeys, ever since I heard their first album back when I was about 10 it struck me how different they sounded, how colloquial and familiar and kind of humourous. I feel like their music has changed with me as they’e got slicker and more ‘grown up’. I love how honest and down to earth they are despite all the well deserved success they’ve had, and I’ve spent the last two journeys to school listening to their new album in its entirety. I hope they’ll be around to accompany me for many years to come <3

  • Paulatte January 7th, 2014 8:20 AM

    They are literally the best thing ever. I don’t know why I’m commenting on this, there is nothing else to add to this statement. But if you haven’t, you should listen to when the sun goes down/Mardy bum, Glastonbury 2007, chills-inducing. I’m very happy with this article, because you LOVE them. There is this quote of Alex that says that there is always this band that comes when you’re 14 or something and changes everything you knew about music, or something like that, and I’ll forever be thankful to them for being that band. They sound like home to me too. I remember being thirteen and listening to whatever people say I am that’s what I’m not and feeling like the coolest kid in town. And I also think that they sound very non threatening, they sound safe, but I don’t know if it objective or if you feel like that about every music you love. Anyway, my point is I was very annoyed with the arctic monkeys when humbug came out, it felt like a treason to me, how dare Alex no be the teenager with acne I remembered? How dare he leave me alone in this? But the thing is, they continued to make some damn good music, whatever I thought, and they are still there every time I need them, and I wouldn’t be happier any other way (and I saw them in concert November and it was the best night of my life, honestly ten times better than the first time I saw them, so, yeah, changing and growing up is good)

  • mango-mochi January 7th, 2014 10:04 AM

    As Alex once said, “There is always that one band that comes along when you are 14 or 15 years old that manages to hit you in just the right way and changes your whole perception of things.” That’s exactly what Arctic Monkeys are for me. :)

  • tturnthenoiseon January 7th, 2014 11:09 AM

    Ahh yes this made my day. Seeing them in February <3 thanks for understanding my adoration

    • abimmm January 7th, 2014 11:52 AM

      Hannah! I’m glad you’ve seen this, I was just about to send you the link haha :))

  • honorarygilmoregal January 7th, 2014 11:18 AM

    I adore Arctic Monkeys! They were my gateway drug into the world of bands back in middle school and remain one of my all-time favorite bands.

    Alex Turner *swoons* Happy birthday to such a dreamy guy

  • abimmm January 7th, 2014 11:33 AM

    OH MY GOSH THIS IS THE BESSSTTT! I never thought in a million years that AM would be on Rookie! They are my favourite band, and mean so much than I could ever put down into words. Their music got me through the most difficult year of my life and has helped to shape me into the person I now am, improving my confidence, wit, perception of the world and also helping to broaden my views musically. When I saw them in October, I felt like the weight of everything that had been dragging me down, to the point where I was drowning, had just floated away. This band is my life boat and I don’t know where I would be today without them. Also thank you to my best friend (Sennen) for introducing me to them, (not to be melodramatic or anything) but I think it saved my life

  • droppingdaisies January 7th, 2014 1:15 PM

    SO HAPPY YOU MADE AN ARTICLE ABOUT THEM. the drawing is gr8 btw, i just set it as my phone lockscreen

  • daisyauthority January 7th, 2014 2:07 PM

    ASDFGHJKL;XCVNMB,./,LF[-P03IR7983Q4KGL NFABF6E8FR90 Wow Arctic Monkeys are actually LITERALLY THE BEST THING EVER I am so happy about this, their music is so relatable (but not in a blatant, stereotypical way) and they really do sound like home in a strange dreamy way. Thank you so much for writing this. <3<3 (This is my first time typing those little hearts because I am actually in love with this).

  • rhymeswithorange January 7th, 2014 2:15 PM

    YAY I saw them live last year and they were FANTASTIC (& Alex was super sexy)

  • starsinyourheart January 7th, 2014 2:39 PM

    I live in Sheffield, lived here all my life, seen them live, sung their songs numerous times when drunk downtown, had vocal coaching where they did their rehearsing — and my bigger failure as a Sheffieldian is that I just can’t get into them :(

  • abimmm January 7th, 2014 3:15 PM

    Also, I think Matt and Alex would be great at Ask a Grown Man!

    • reckless-serenade January 7th, 2014 3:53 PM

      definitely! make it happen rookie ;)

    • flocha January 8th, 2014 1:49 PM

      yes! this needs to happen

  • Veela January 7th, 2014 3:26 PM

    Alex Turner is my future husband…he just doesn’t know it yet :P

  • poopcorn January 7th, 2014 3:52 PM

    Omg I love the arctic monkeys! I saw them at their concert in Belgium:). They were amazing!

  • mojo jojo January 7th, 2014 4:10 PM

    eeeek this article sums up everything I feel for this band and their music! I love how each album in their catalogue has its own distinct sound and story, and it’s so interesting listening to AM now as you can feel and hear the journey the band has been on from their Sheffield days to now living in sunny LA.

    I saw them in Paris and Barcelona in 2013 (some of my photos from the Barcelona concert are on my flickr if anyone wants to have a wee look ) and it was amazing to be at a concert with no gimmicks, no fanfare, just amazing live music and an audience captivated by Alex and the gang. Also Alex Turner is king of dodgy dad dancing and it’s the grooviest thing ever! (shake those hips boyyyyy) Thanks for a great read xx
    ps. make sure to check out ‘you’re so dark’ which is the b side to the ‘One for the road’ single. Not only is it incredibly sexy (it sends a shiver or two up my spine) but they reference the likes of Edgar Allen Poe, which just makes me love them even more!

  • ShayMarie January 7th, 2014 4:26 PM

    I can’t even begin to describe my love for this band or Alex Turner<3 They're just so talented and brilliant

  • mangointhesky January 7th, 2014 6:16 PM

    This was really cool!

  • justgeorgina January 7th, 2014 10:34 PM

    this is spot on why i love them! i saw them in november with my sister, it was the greatest night ever, even better shared with the person i first danced and sang along to mardybum with all those years a go. too many emotions and late nights with this band!!

  • lexjuly January 7th, 2014 11:04 PM

    ugh, so good. i only discovered arctic monkeys recently, but i love all of their stuff. Happy Birthday Alex and may your hotness increase with age

  • harmonicalynn January 8th, 2014 1:20 AM

    I love this! They have grown so much with every album but each one is still so individually interesting. They also put on a damn good show. Best concert of my life thus far.

  • Flossy Mae January 8th, 2014 11:51 AM

    ahh I adore the Arctic Monkeys….they’re kind of a recent discovery of mine, I mean I knew about them for ages but I’ve only become properly obsessed in the last few months….so glad I did though!!x

  • dappervagabond January 8th, 2014 6:24 PM

    They’re my favorite band and I’ve been hoping Rookie would write about them for a while and I’m seeing them on February 6th and I’m so excited thank you so much for writing about them!!
    My favorite albums are the scruffy ones (Whatever people say I am… and Favorite Worst Nightmare) I still love Alex’s scruffy little hair but if he wants to rock a quiff than YOU GO BOY DO IT

  • Sophii January 9th, 2014 7:11 AM

    I’ve never listened to Arctic Monkeys much but I think I’m gonna go listen to their full discography after reading this and dream of your descriptions because they are so perfect <3

  • Vds January 9th, 2014 10:17 AM

    Just perfect! I love it the way that you described them.

  • Skotty January 9th, 2014 2:31 PM

    OMG! I love Arctic Monkeys! Whoever wrote this article writes very well. It says a bunch of stuff that I feel but would never think to write down. Brilliant!

  • theodd-thesentimental January 9th, 2014 2:58 PM

    alex turner is a lyricla genius.
    there new album is super sultry.
    their glastonbury set was amazing.
    thank you rookie for recognizing such talent.

    • theodd-thesentimental January 9th, 2014 3:00 PM

      Obviously over excited and made some serious mistakes in the comment above. Content still stands. Apologies!

  • elliptics January 9th, 2014 3:50 PM

    I love the arctic monkeys – everyone in Sheffield does to be fair. Saw them in 2009, and again at the arena a few months ago, it was great both times but they have become a lot bigger.

    A lot of people don’t like their new album though. I think the locals think they’ve sold out a bit. Proper catchy though.

  • AidaA January 9th, 2014 6:25 PM

    safkjdshjds this post is everything! *nostalgic sigh* I remember I was a brace-wearing little year 7 kid when ‘When the Sun Goes Down’ came out. Alex is such an amazing songwriter. I want to write novels like he writes songs!


  • January 10th, 2014 2:22 AM

    AHHHHHHHH! Finding this on Rookie was such a delightful surprise! :’) Arctic Monkeys have been one of my favourite bands for a long time- if not my clear favourite. I was 13 when their first album came out (sshhh! I’m old!) and it spoke to me in a way that no music ever had before. Alex is an absolute poet and he is always on the list whenever I’m asked about writers who inspire me. I agree that they have managed to remain authentic and down-to-Earth through it all and I love them for that.

    I’m seeing them for the third time in May and I can’t wait! :D

  • SkillzBeat January 10th, 2014 2:24 AM

    I saw them in December in Vancouver and they are an AMAZING band! It is now my obligation to see them every chance I get! I love how Alex is basically one of the best songwriters of our generation, but he comes off so cool and modest about everything.

    It’s a nice break from the Kanye West types. Another thing is how great their fans are! At the concert, everyone knew the words to every song and it was a great atmosphere singing along to their songs, older and newer ones.

    They make my heart feel like it’s floating around on fire, to get poetic about it.

    Check out my soundcloud if any of you have the time. I cover some songs and make little demos and stuff sometimes:

  • dessertstealer January 10th, 2014 3:30 PM

    I love the music of the Arctic Monkeys!!

  • philosophie1020 January 10th, 2014 8:39 PM

    But actually, They’re the best thing ever

  • indramaria January 10th, 2014 10:01 PM

    I can’t wait to see them this month <3

  • madame_addie January 12th, 2014 2:38 PM

    oh my god this is something i never thought i’d see on rookie <3 arctic monkeys are my favorite band in the world since ever and they've changed my life and i love them so much and hkehdxbaljreqcwe843

  • ShockHorror January 20th, 2014 4:25 PM

    They’re so wonderful!

    I was also really interested that, there was a documentary on about John Cooper Clarke and they spoke to Alex Turner and he said Ritz to Rubble was his go at a Cooper Clarke poem and knowing that it made so much sense, and I enjoyed that link.

    Me and my mum were discussing how we have slowly liked their album less and less after Humbug, and we realised it’s sort of to be expected because… That first album coming from the rich and famous boyfirend of Alexa Chung would just seem insincere?

    So I’m glad they’re evolving and changing and not trying to be something they kind of aren’t any more, but I’m sad I’m not into it anymore.

  • asvge January 27th, 2014 11:41 PM

    Being a fan of Arctic Monkeys since 2011, I just absolutely love how much they’ve evolved. They are truly a gem, and gives me hope about the music industry. Not only that, but AM is such a genuine, unique band that I know INSTANTLY if it’s them or not. They have their own rough style. Also, I totally agree with you that AM’s Mardy Bum makes me cry. It really does. And the crying just turns into sobbing when I watch concert videos like the one you included, because you can literally HEAR the excitement in people’s voices when the intro of the song plays. They’re all just muttering, “It’s Mardy Bum. IT’S MARDY BUM!!!”

    I’m about to cry though, because I REALLY wanted to see them this year live because I didn’t save up enough! Oh well, there’s always next year. :)

    • asvge January 27th, 2014 11:43 PM

      Ah! I apologize for writing “because I didn’t save up enough!” That was not the reason why I wanted to see them live! I meant “But.” I was VERY excited.

  • Hebe March 2nd, 2014 1:00 PM

    i loved this article! i feel just like you do and am sooo jel of those rookies who get to see them live!

  • Berries March 27th, 2014 9:57 AM

    I own all the Arctic Monkeys albums, except for AM, which of course I will buy to add to my collection. I always valued this band very highly, despite of what all the people around me said – ”I only liked their first album, what happened to them?!” I beg to differ. Yes, their style changes a bit every album, but that is okay. Plus – Alex Turner is a poet who is getter better with every album. I like their down-to-earth attitude as well. They are just a band who love making music, that’s it. They don’t consider themselves to be brilliant or exceptional, I think.

    I went to two concerts or them and the first one was magnificent – all I remember is the crowd going insane and me screaming at the top of my lungs, drowned in sweat. It was GREAT.

    Also – The Last Shadow Puppets’ ”Age of the Understatement” is a masterpiece that everyone – AM fan or not – should own. That album is literally the best thing ever as well. Like I can’t even, really. I keep hoping they will produce a second album together because Miles and Alex are gold together. If not, I think that AM should make an album with an orchestra.