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The Car is the seventh studio album by English rock band Arctic Monkeys, released on 21 October 2022 by Domino Recording Company. The album's songs were primarily written by frontman Alex Turner in his Los Angeles home and Paris. It was produced in Suffolk, Paris and London by frequent Arctic Monkeys collaborator James Ford, alongside frequent guest musicians Tom Rowley, Loren Humphrey and Tyler Parkford, and arranged by Bridget Samuels, Ford, and Turner. Drummer Matt Helders took the picture on the album cover, which depicts a white Toyota Camry in an otherwise empty parking garage on a Los Angeles rooftop. Its title refers to said cover and the abundance of vehicular references in the lyrics.

The Car builds upon the sound from the band's previous album, Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino (2018). It features a wide array of genres that include art rock, orchestral rock, lounge pop, baroque pop, and funk, as well as elements of jazz. It also draws influence from soul music, electronic music, glam rock, bossa nova, traditional pop and vintage film soundtracks. Its lyrical content explores nostalgia and show business, specifically the music and film industries.

The album received critical acclaim upon its release. Critics complimented the band's artistic progression, the album's production, and Turner's lyrics, though some felt the band's continued deviation from their earlier indie rock sound would remain polarizing to longtime fans. It was nominated for the 2023 Ivor Novello Awards and the 2024 Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album, the album also was shortlisted for the 2023 Mercury Prize. The single "There'd Better Be a Mirrorball" was nominated for Best Alternative Music Performance at the 65th Annual Grammy Awards. The single "Body Paint" and song "Sculptures of Anything Goes" have been nominated for Best Alternative Music Performance and Best Rock Performance, respectively, at the 66th edition. It became Arctic Monkeys' first album to not reach the top spot of the UK Albums Chart, debuting at number two in ten territories, including the UK, as Taylor Swift's Midnights occupied the top spot. It became the third best-selling vinyl record, as well as the best-selling cassette of 2022 in the country. The album was promoted by the singles "There'd Better Be a Mirrorball", "Body Paint", and "I Ain't Quite Where I Think I Am", all of which peaked within the top 25 on the UK Singles Chart, as well as by a global tour and multiple television appearances.

Background and recording

The band's sixth studio album Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino was released in May 2018 to critical acclaim, but its stylistic deviation was polarizing for listeners.[1][2] Right after the South American leg of the tour for that album ended, Turner began thinking of new music with the idea of writing, "a song that could close the show". His intention was to return to a more guitar heavy sound, although not the one seen in previous album AM.[3]

First attempts at writing for the album began in April and May 2019. Initial recordings happened in late 2019 at La Frette, with James Ford again as a producer, but were quickly discarded, with only an early version of track "Hello You" surviving those sessions.[3][4][5] In 2020, Turner went back to Lunar Surface, his home studio in Los Angeles, at first, hell-bent on writing riffs and "making it louder", but the music "didn't want to go there". He wrote and recorded demo versions of the songs, written half on acoustic guitar, half on piano. The album direction was cemented when he landed on the instrumental section of opening track "There'd Better Be a Mirrorball."[6][7]

After the lockdowns, in the summer of 2021, the band got together to record. They chose Butley Priory, an old monastery in Suffolk, as their new studio, after attending several events there. The decision was also inspired by The Great British Recording Studios, a book gifted to Turner by album engineer Loren Humphrey, where he saw pictures of the Stones Mobile Studio unit. With producer Ford, the band rented it out and transformed it into a studio, while also living on-site during the recording.[6][3] Turner described the place as "remote", with the sessions reminding him of their first record, which was also partly recorded in the English countryside. Turner also recounts that there were "no distractions, like in the city. Extra focus, no prying eyes".[8] Turner brought his 16mm film camera and captured footage of the band at work, and Ford was apparently happy with Turner's hobby, as it kept him away from meddling too much with the recording.[7] In London, strings were recorded at RAK Studios’ Studio 1 by Humphrey and Emma Marks and arranged by composer Bridget Samuels, Ford and Turner himself. Later, vocals and overdubs were recorded at La Frette Studios in October 2021.[9]

Composition

Musical style and influences

Several music critics cited David Bowie (left) and Burt Bacharach (right) as having influenced the album's style.

The Car builds up on the sound developed on Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino, although this time more accessible than the previous record.[10] It has been characterised as art rock,[11][12][13] orchestral rock,[14][15] lounge pop,[16][17] baroque pop,[16][18][19][20] and funk,[14][16][21][10][17] The album further incorporates influences from jazz,[16][21][22] soul music,[18][17][20][23] electronic music,[14][24][23] bossa nova,[17] traditional pop,[7] yacht rock[25] and Italian film scores.[16][19]

The album has been compared to the works of David Bowie,[16][18][22][24][26][27] Burt Bacharach,[17][18][24][7][26][28] Scott Walker,[18][20][7][29] Roxy Music,[16][28] John Barry,[17][27] Portishead,[28] Jarvis Cocker,[20] Jean-Claude Vannier,[20][28] Isaac Hayes,[18][19][20] Curtis Mayfield,[18][25] Steely Dan,[10][28] and Marvin Gaye,[17] as well as James Bond soundtracks.[10][21][7] Although, Turner found it difficult to name direct musical influences, he mentioned the work of David Axelrod, Gloria Ann Taylor's "How Can You Say It", and Nat King Cole's "Where Did Everyone Go?" as inspirations for the record.[3][8][30][31]

Lyrics and themes

Unlike its predecessor, The Car is not a concept album. Lyrically, the album refers frequently to show business, specifically the music and film industries.[3] It makes references to fame, creativity, the passage of time and nostalgia, audience expectations,[3] espionage,[8] and disillusion.[14] The album has been described as "cinematic"[32] with Turner "assuming the meta-role of an artistically struggling movie director".[33] It has also been noted, as depicting, "a decadent world of marble staircases, moated buildings, the popping of champagne corks and aeroplane descents over the French Riviera,"[14] as well as, "the tensions between art and commerce, between performance and authenticity."[16] Turner cited, In the Blink of an Eye (2005) by Walter Murch, as an inspiration, and thought it felt connected to “the process and also the feel or lyrics on [The Car].”[34] Other things Turner was reading at the time include, Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe series,[4] and the works of David Foster Wallace and George Saunders.[33][35]

Artwork and title

The album's cover artwork was revealed on the same day of the album's announcement.[36] The picture was taken by the band's drummer Matt Helders using a Leica M6 film camera[37] and shows a white Toyota Camry parked alone on the rooftop of a parking garage in Los Angeles.[38][39] Helders was testing an old 90mm lens he had just acquired, and decided to shoot the view from his old apartment window, inspired by the work of photographer William Eggleston. A series of pictures were taken and later shared with lead singer Alex Turner, who was also interested in photography. Turner became fixated on one shot featuring the car, and wrote a song inspired by it that would later become the title of the album.[5][6]

Release and promotion

In August 2021, Peter Harrison, the cook at Butley Priory in Suffolk, posted a photograph of himself with the band on his Instagram account. Several hours later the Butley Priory website confirmed the band had been recording there in June and July.[40] In May 2022, drummer Matt Helders said the album "picks up where the other one left off musically" and that it's "never gonna be like 'R U Mine?' again".[41] The album was announced on 24 August 2022, and was released on 21 October of the same year.[9] To promote the record, the band commissioned a billboard featuring the album cover art, that hung over the Central Library building, on their native Sheffield. Several other posters, featuring the same artwork, were seen in different countries with the title of the album being translated to other languages, such as German, Spanish, French, and Japanese.[42][43] Before their last two shows in Sydney, the group announced a promotional pop-up shop, located at Golden Age Cinema and Bar, and included limited-edition merchandise, while the cinema itself screened some of the band's music videos.[44]

Singles and videos

The album's lead single, "There'd Better Be a Mirrorball" was released with an accompanying music video, directed by lead singer Alex Turner, on 29 August 2022.[45] The video features the band during the process of recording the album.[46] Turner brought his own 16mm film camera to document the sessions, later compiling his footage for the video.[7] The single debuted at number 26 on the UK Singles Chart.[47]

On 29 September, the band released a music video for the album's fifth track, "Body Paint", directed by Brook Linder. Like its predecessor, the video was shot on film, and inspired by the process of filmmaking and the creation of symbolic imagery.[48] The track was announced as the album's second single alongside the release of the video.[49][50]

Three days before the album release date, the band released their third single "I Ain't Quite Where I Think I Am", alongside a music video. The video featured a live rendition of the track, performed at Brooklyn's Kings Theatre on 22 September, and was directed by Ben Chappell & Zackery Michael.[51][52]

Months after releasing the album, specifically on March 6, 2023, an official music video (directed again by Ben Chappell) for the album's third track "Sculptures Of Anything Goes", was released on YouTube. The video features various scenes taken from some of the most recent tours the band has made around the world, as well as some other shots on film made specifically for the music video, once again keeping the cinematic ambiance of the record.[53]

Tour

The mirrorball was part of the set designed by Turner for the stage

In November 2021, the band announced a tour of Europe which began in August,[54] In April and June they extended the tour into November 2022, with dates added in the United States and England, as well as Latin America.[55][56][57] On 9 August, the band played live in Istanbul. This was the tour's opening performance, and the Arctic Monkeys' first performance since 2019.[58] No new songs were debuted until their performance at Zürich OpenAir Festival on 23 August, where they played "I Ain't Quite Where I Think I Am".[59] Other tracks debuted during their first leg of tour include "Mr Schwartz", "Big Ideas" and "The Car", alongside singles, "There'd Better Be A Mirrorball" and "Body Paint". In June 2022 the band announced shows in Australia, with support from Australian bands, Mildlife, DMA's and The Buoys.[60]

Their stadium tour was announced in September 2022, with dates in the UK, Ireland, North America, and Central Europe, finalizing in September 2023.[61][62][63] Further European dates were added on December.[64] The bands first ever tour of Asia was announced a few days later.[65] The band also headlined several music festivals, including Sziget Festival, Lowlands, Pukkelpop, Rock en Seine, Reading and Leeds, Corona Capital, Rock Werchter, Bilbao BBK Live, NOS Alive, and different iterations of Primavera Sound and Falls Festival.[60][55][54][66] For the tour, the group are joined by longtime touring members Tom Rowley, Davey Latter, and Tyler Parkford.[3]

The group released the concert film Arctic Monkeys at Kings Theatre on their YouTube channel in October 2022. The film was directed by Chappell and Zackery Michael, and features selected footage of the band, both backstage and performing, at their show on Brooklyn's Kings Theatre.[67][68]

Other performances

The band made a number of television performances in promotion of the album including on the late-night talk shows The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,[69] Late Night Berlin,[70] and The Jonathan Ross Show.[71] After their performance on Late Night Berlin, the band played a secret show at the television studio, where they debuted the track "The Car". The show, which contained 13 songs, was broadcast in December 2022.[72][73] In October, the band played an exclusive set, at VRT Studios in Belgium, for Studio Brussel and Dutch radio station NPO 3FM.[74] Their setlist consisted mostly of early songs, as well as some songs from The Car. An audio-only recording of the performance was streamed on Studio Brussel the next day.[75] That same month two other live sessions, recorded at RAK Studios, were broadcast by German and French radio stations 1LIVE and France Inter, respectively.[76][77] In November, the music programme Later...with Jools Holland dedicated them an entire episode, the band played songs from the album as well as old tracks.[78][79]

Reception

Critical response

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
AnyDecentMusic?8.0/10[80]
Metacritic82/100[81]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic[82]
Clash6/10[29]
The Guardian[23]
i[26]
The Independent[17]
Mojo[18]
NME[10]
Pitchfork8.0/10[19]
Rolling Stone UK[83]
Uncut8/10[28]

The Car has received critical acclaim from music critics.[81] At Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received a score of 82, based on 25 reviews, indicating "universal acclaim".[81]

Thomas Smith of NME thought the album best summarized the story of the band, "sharp songwriting, relentless innovation and unbreakable teamwork", adding that it would be a rewarding listen for old fans, as well as, a remarkable starting point for new ones.[10] Ludovic Hunter-Tilney of Financial Times thought the band "doubled down on the stylistic swerve that they made on Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino" but was more positive to this record, saying "unlike its predecessor, the results do not exhaust or disappoint."[14] Mark Beaumont of The Independent also compared the lyricism of both albums, describing it, as "roaring off in every direction, as wonderfully imaginistic as it is largely impenetrable", unlike, "the sci-fi framework" of the previous record.[17] John Mulvey of Mojo thought the record was the "next logical step on from the cinematic sound world" built on Tranquility Base.[18] Alex Cabré of DIY praised the band "keenness to explore new styles" but doubted the album would reach the commercial success of their previous work.[84] In an overwhelmingly positive review, Kate Solomon of i, called the album "swooningly glamorous and musically theatrical", comparing it to the diverse works of David Bowie, "With songs as simultaneously vast and focused as this, Arctic Monkeys can take their [Bowie Era] pick."[26] Ewan Gleadow of Cult Following highlighted the influence of Elton John and Jimi Hendrix as well as David Bowie on the Arctic Monkeys, calling the album "a deeply moved and heavy-set filter for the late 1960s and early 1970s of rock and pop music."[85] Matthew Strauss of Pitchfork described The Car as "an album of love, longing, and doubt", and noted the music matched the uncertainty of the lyrics.[19] On the mood of the album, Sam Richards of Uncut, felt it was "pretty bleak" and allowed "the lyrics to take hold" but thought the second half was not as varied as the first.[28] For Paste Grant Sharples said it was "a joy to hear [the band] lean into their more recondite side, picking up where they left off four years ago" adding the band "transformed a once-antiquated object into something with modern panache".[86]

Dan Cairns of The Sunday Times noted "a sameyness of texture, pacing and delivery" on the album and saw a lack of evolution, but praised the "beautiful" melodies of tracks "There'd Better be a Mirrorball" and "Big Ideas".[27] In a similarly mixed review Andy Hill of Clash described the record as "exquisitely tailored, masterfully crafted. The heft, the sheen, the sheer bloody marquetry of it all is sublime", but dismissed the lyrics as going between "infuriatingly opaque" and "fourth-wall-breaking hater-baiting." Overall, he felt the band had taken a "wrong turn" with the album.[29]

Accolades

The Car was nominated for the 2023 Ivor Novello Awards, an annual prize awarded for songwriting and composing, to the year's best British or Irish album. This became the band's sixth nomination for the award.[87][88][89] The album was also shortlisted for the 2023 Mercury Prize, an annual prize awarded to the year's best British or Irish album based solely on said album's merit, regardless of an act's popularity or previous general success. This became the band's fifth nomination for the award: the joint-most nominations received by any act alongside Radiohead.[90][91][92] The album has been nominated for Best Alternative Music Album at the 66th Annual Grammy Awards, the songs "Sculptures of Anything Goes" and "Body Paint" have also been nominated in the Best Rock Performance, and Best Alternative Music Performance categories, respectively.[93] Previously, the single "There'd Better Be a Mirrorball" was nominated for Best Alternative Music Performance at the 65th edition.[94]

The album also appeared on numerous year-end lists. At Album of the Year, which creates an aggregate of music critic's year-end lists, The Car was listed as the twenty-fourth best album of the year,[95] with NME[96] and Time Out[97] naming it the best album of 2022. Riot Mag also listed The Car as the year's second best album.[98] Publications including Far Out,[99] Mojo,[100] DIY,[101] The Sunday Times,,[102] and Kitty Empire of The Observer[103] included the album in the top five of their year-end lists, with Oor,[104] The Guardian,[105] and BBC Radio 6 Music[106] including the album in their top ten.

PublicationRankList
Billboard23The 50 Best Albums of 2022[107]
The LA Times20–10Top 20 Albums of 2022[108]
Mojo575 Best Albums of 2022[100]
NME1The 50 Best Albums of 2022[96]
Pitchfork20The Best Music of 2022: Readers' Poll[109]
PitchforkN/AThe 38 Best Rock Albums of 2022[110]
Vogue-Top 20 Albums of 2022[111]
DIY5DIY's Albums of 2022[112]
Under the Radar54The 100 Best Albums of 2022[113]
UproxxN/AThe Best Indie Albums of 2022[114]
Time Out1The 20 best albums of 2022[115]
Riot Mag2RIOT's Albums of the Year 2022[116]
Far Out4The 50 best albums of 2022[117]
The Sunday Times5Ranked: 25 best albums of 2022[118]
The Observer5Music: Kitty Empire’s 10 best albums of 2022[119]
The Guardian6The 50 best albums of 2022[120]
BBC Radio 6 Music9BBC Radio 6 Music’s Album Of The Year 2022[121]

Commercial performance

The Car peaked at number two in various territories, prevented from debuting at the top spot by American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift's Midnights. Their chart race in the United Kingdom, especially, was widely covered.[122] The Car debuted at number two on the UK Albums Chart with 119,016 units,[123][124] becoming Arctic Monkeys' first album to not reach the top spot and terminating their six-album streak. The album peaked at number two in Australia, Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Ireland, Lithuania, New Zealand, and Scotland as well. The Car became the third best selling vinyl album, as well as the best selling cassette of 2022 in the UK.[125][126]

Track listing

All tracks are written by Alex Turner, except where noted[127]

The Car track listing
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."There'd Better Be a Mirrorball" 4:25
2."I Ain't Quite Where I Think I Am" 3:11
3."Sculptures of Anything Goes"
  • Turner
  • Jamie Cook
3:59
4."Jet Skis on the Moat"3:17
5."Body Paint" 4:50
6."The Car" 3:19
7."Big Ideas" 3:57
8."Hello You" 4:04
9."Mr Schwartz"
  • Turner
  • Rowley
3:30
10."Perfect Sense" 2:47
Total length:37:19

Personnel

Charts

Certifications

Certifications for The Car
RegionCertificationCertified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[169]Gold100,000

Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

Notes

  1. ^ Orchestra

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External links

Artist(s)

Veröffentlichungen von Arctic Monkeys die im OTRS erhältlich sind/waren:

Who The Fuck Are Arctic Monkeys? ¦ Live At The Royal Albert Hall ¦ Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not ¦ Favourite Worst Nightmare ¦ Suck It And See ¦ Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino ¦ AM ¦ Humbug ¦ The Car

Arctic Monkeys auf Wikipedia (oder andere Quellen):

Die Arctic Monkeys sind eine vierköpfige britische Alternative-Rock-Band mit Einflüssen aus Post-Punk und Garage Rock. Sie wurde 2002 im englischen Sheffield gegründet und veröffentlichte 2006 ihr Debütalbum, das Platz eins der britischen Charts erreichte. 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013 und 2018 erschienen jeweils weitere Alben der Musikgruppe, die alle ebenfalls die Spitzenposition in Großbritannien erreichten. Aktuelles Album der Band ist das am 21. Oktober 2022 erschienene The Car.

Bandgeschichte

2002: Gründung

Die Band wurde 2002 in High Green, einem Stadtteil von Sheffield, gegründet. Turner und Cook, die Nachbarn waren, hatten 2001 jeweils von ihren Eltern Gitarren zu Weihnachten bekommen. Das Spielen der Instrumente brachten sie sich selbst bei. Anschließend gründeten sie mit Turners Schulfreunden Glyn Jones, Matt Helders und Andy Nicholson die Musikgruppe Arctic Monkeys. Da Nicholson bereits mit dem E-Bass vertraut war, blieb für Helders nur das Schlagzeug übrig.[1] Erst im Mai 2006 wurde bekannt, dass Alex Turner nicht der ursprüngliche Sänger der Band war. Dieser Part war damals Glyn Jones zugefallen, der ebenfalls die Stocksbridge High School besuchte. Jones bestätigte diese Gerüchte in einem Interview und sagte, dass er und Turner damals „aus Langeweile begonnen hatten, ein Lied über einen Streber in ihrem Jahrgang zu schreiben“. Außerdem sagte er, dass er die Band noch 2002 verlassen habe, da er „nicht die Hingabe besessen hätte, sein Engagement weiterzuführen“.[1] Für ihn seien sie lediglich eine Gruppe von Kindern gewesen, die aus Langeweile herumalberten.[1]

Der Name der Band stammt von Gitarrist Jamie Cook, der sich die Bezeichnung „Arctic Monkeys“ bereits vor der Gründung der Gruppe ausgedacht hatte. Die vorherigen Aussagen der Mitglieder, der Name stamme von dem Schlagzeuger der Band vom Vater eines der Bandmitglieder, revidierten sie. Sie seien so oft nach der Herkunft ihres Namens gefragt worden, dass sie irgendwann begonnen hätten, sich Geschichten darüber auszudenken.[2]

2003 bis 2004: Erste Auftritte und Demoaufnahmen

Nachdem die Band nach ihrer Gründung in den Yellow Arch Studios mit dem Üben begann, spielten sie am 13. Juni 2003 ihren ersten Gig im The Grapes in Sheffield.[3] Nach einigen Auftritten nahmen sie Demoaufnahmen in den 2fly Studios auf. Der Website der Studios ist zu entnehmen, dass die Gruppe 17 Lieder in fünfeinhalb Tagen aufnahm.[4] Heute sind die Aufnahmen als Beneath the Boardwalk bekannt und eine Rarität, da die wenigen auf CD erhältlichen Einheiten kostenlos bei Konzerten der Band verteilt wurde. Da einige Fans ihre CDs im Internet hochluden, sind die Aufnahmen auch heute noch erhältlich, auch wenn die Titelliste variiert.[3] Die Mitglieder der Gruppe sagten über die Aufnahmen, dass sie die kostenlose Verbreitung über das Internet nicht verhindern wollten, weil sie „ohnehin nie vorgehabt hätten, damit Geld zu verdienen, und sie sie sowieso kostenlos verteilten“. Außerdem könnten ihre Fans auf diese Weise einfacher ihre Musik hören.[2] Die weit verbreitete Meinung, die Gruppe habe ihre Berühmtheit über ihre MySpace-Seite erhalten, die ihre Demos noch vor allen anderen kostenlos zur Verfügung stellte, dementierten die Bandmitglieder 2005 in einem Interview. Die Seite sei von ihren Fans, welche die Demo-CD besessen hätten, eingerichtet worden. Sie selbst hätten nicht einmal gewusst, wie sie ihre Musik im Internet hochluden.[2] Ihren Namen erhielt die Kompilation ebenfalls von den Anhängern der Band, ursprünglich war sie nämlich ohne Titel erschienen. Nachdem die ersten Tonträger jedoch verteilt worden waren, benannten die Fans die CD nach der Art, wie sie sie erhalten hatten: Auf dem Bürgersteig (Beneath the Boardwalk).[2]

2005: Plattenvertrag und erste Veröffentlichungen

Nachdem die Band durch Auftritte und das Verbreiten ihrer Lieder über das Internet immer mehr Menschen mit ihrer Musik erreicht hatte, erlangte sie unter anderem durch BBC Radio und britische Boulevardzeitungen erstmals auch außerhalb ihrer Heimatstadt Sheffield Aufmerksamkeit.[5]

Im Mai 2005 veröffentlichte die Gruppe ihre Extended Play Five Minutes with Arctic Monkeys. Diese bestand aus den Liedern Fake Tales of San Francisco und From the Ritz to the Rubble, die später auch auf ihrem Debütalbum zu finden waren. Da die Band damals noch keinen Plattenvertrag unterzeichnet hatte, gründete sie extra für die Veröffentlichung der EP ihr eigenes Label Bang Bang Recordings. Die EP war limitiert auf 500 CDs und 1000 sieben-Zoll-Schallplatten, weshalb sie heute ebenfalls eine Rarität ist. Sie ist jedoch in digitaler Form erhältlich. Kurz nach der Veröffentlichung der EP spielte die Band beim Reading and Leeds Festivals auf der Carling Stage, einer Bühne, die für unbekannte und/oder Bands ohne Plattenvertrag reserviert war. Ihr Auftritt wurde zuvor von den Medien „gehypt“, was zu einer ungewöhnlich hohen Zuschauerzahl führte.

Im Juni 2005 unterzeichnete die Gruppe bei Domino Records einen Plattenvertrag. In einem Interview sagten sie später, dass sie besonders von der Do-it-yourself-Einstellung des Co-Labelgründers und Besitzers Laurence Bell beeindruckt gewesen seien. Dieser betrieb das Label von seiner Wohnung aus und nahm nur Bands unter Vertrag, die er auch persönlich mochte.[6] Laut einem Bericht des Daily Star, einer britischen Boulevardzeitung, führte ihr Plattenvertrag im Oktober desselben Jahres zu einem Vertrag über 1.000.000 britische Pfund mit dem Musikverlag EMI Music Publishing sowie einem Kontrakt mit Epic Records für die USA, der rund 725.000 Pfund wert sei.[7] Die Band bestritt die Zahlen auf ihrer Website und gab später bekannt, dass EMI lediglich in Australien und Neuseeland für die Band zuständig sei und man in den USA die Musik selbst veröffentlichen würde. In Japan wird die Musik über das Independent-Label Hostess vertrieben. In Europa ist der Vertrieb von Land zu Land anders geregelt.[5]

Am 17. Oktober 2005 erschien mit I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor die erste Single der Band im Vereinigten Königreich, wo sie auf Platz eins der Charts einstieg und die Sugababes von diesem Rang vertrieb. In Deutschland und auch den USA erreichte der Titel keine Platzierung in den offiziellen Charts, erreichte jedoch bei den Alternative Songs Charts der USA Platz sieben.[8] Zwei Wochen zuvor war die Gruppe erstmals auf dem Cover des NME-Magazines zu sehen gewesen.

2006: Internationaler Durchbruch mit Debütalbum

Turner und Cook im Juni 2006 bei einem Konzert

Am 16. Januar wurde zunächst eine zweite Single veröffentlicht. When the Sun Goes Down erlangte ebenfalls Rang eins, zudem stieg es auch in die deutschen Charts ein, wo es sich auf Position 89 platzierte. Am 23. Januar 2006 erschien bei Domino Records unter dem Namen Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not das Debütalbum der Band, das Platz eins erreichte. Mit 363.735 verkauften Tonträgern allein in Großbritannien wurde das Album zum bestverkauften Debütalbum in einer Debütwoche im Vereinigten Königreich, ein Rekord, der zuvor bereits seit 2001 von der Popgruppe Hear’Say gehalten worden war (306.631/1. Woche).[9] Mit 118.501 abgesetzten Tonträgern am ersten Tag war das Album zudem kommerziell erfolgreicher als die gesamten britischen Top 20 zusammen.[10] Nach der Veröffentlichung in den USA rund einen Monat später erreichte es mit rund 34.000 verkauften Tonträgern Platz 24. Damit avancierte das Album zum am zweitschnellsten verkauften Indie-Rock-Debütalbum in den Vereinigten Staaten.[11] In Deutschland platzierte sich das Album auf Rang 20.

Im April veröffentlichte die Band ihre zweite Extended Play, Who the Fuck Are Arctic Monkeys? konnte sich aufgrund ihrer Länge nicht in den britischen Charts platzieren, erreichte in Deutschland jedoch Rang 79.

Bereits nach der Veröffentlichung ihres ersten Albums gingen die Arctic Monkeys auf Tournee, die sie unter anderem auch in die USA führte. Im Mai verkündete die Gruppe, dass Bassist Andy Nicholson nicht an ihrer bevorstehenden Tour durch Nordamerika teilnehmen werde, da er von dem vielen Touren erschöpft sei.[12] Als die Reise durch Nordamerika beendet war, gab die Band bekannt, dass Nicholson nicht zurückkehren werde, da er nicht mit dem Ruhm der Band zurechtkomme, und Bassist Nick O’Malley, der Nicholson bereits in Nordamerika ersetzt hatte, auch für die restlichen Shows seinen Platz einnehmen werde. Wenig später bestätigte man, dass O’Malley offiziell neues Mitglied der Band sei. Im August 2006 erschien die Single Leave Before the Lights Come On, die nicht auf dem Debütalbum der Band zu finden war. Sie erreichte Platz vier in Großbritannien.

2007: Zweites Studioalbum Favourite Worst Nightmare

Bei den Grammy Awards 2007 war die Band in den beiden Kategorien „Best Rock Instrumental Performance“ (Chun Li’s Flying Bird Kick) und „Best Alternative Music Album“ (Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not) nominiert, erhielt jedoch keinen Preis. Anschließend erschien am 2. April des Jahres die erste Single Brianstorm des zweiten Studioalbums Favourite Worst Nightmare. Sie erreichte Platz zwei in Großbritannien sowie Rang 64 in Deutschland. Drei Wochen später folgte das Album, das wie sein Vorgänger Position eins im Vereinigten Königreich erlangte. Des Weiteren platzierte es sich auf Rang zwei in Deutschland und Position sieben in den USA. Am 4. Juli erschien die zweite Single, Fluorescent Adolescent, die Platz fünf in Großbritannien erreichte. Die dritte und letzte Single, Teddy Picker, wurde am 3. Dezember veröffentlicht und erlangte lediglich Position 20, die bis dahin schlechteste Singleplatzierung der Band.

2007 spielte die Band zahlreiche Konzerte, unter anderem als Headliner des Glastonbury Festival und auf der „Favourite Worst Nightmare Tour“. Das letzte Konzert dieser zweiten weltweiten Tournee im O2 Apollo Manchester in Manchester wurde aufgenommen und auf DVD sowie CD veröffentlicht.

2008 bis 2010: Nebenprojekte, drittes Studioalbum und „Humbug Tour“

Am 3. November 2008 erschienen die Live-DVD und Live-CD des Konzertes der „Favourite Worst Nightmare Tour“. Zuvor war der Film bereits in einigen Kinos gelaufen.

Im Jahr 2008 begab sich die Band zunächst in eine etwa halbjährige Pause, in der Frontmann Alex Turner sich dem Projekt The Last Shadow Puppets widmete und Schlagzeuger Matt Helders ein Album zu der Serie Late Night Tales beisteuerte. Im zweiten Halbjahr begann die Gruppe mit den Arbeiten an einem dritten Album, dessen Titelliste am 1. Juni 2009 bekanntgegeben wurde.[13] Bereits am 13. Januar hatte die „Humbug Tour“ begonnen, die bis Februar dauerte und im Juli fortgeführt wurde.

Am 6. Juli 2009 erschien die erste von drei Singles aus dem dritten Album Humbug. Sie trug den Namen Crying Lightning und erreichte Platz zwölf, womit sie die zweite Single der Band war, die im Vereinigten Königreich nicht den Einstieg in die Top Ten schaffte. Als am 19. August das Album erschien, stieg es in Großbritannien direkt auf Platz eins ein, wie seine beiden Vorgänger. In Deutschland rangierte es auf Rang vier, in den USA belegte es Position 15. Am 16. November 2009 (Cornerstone) und 22. März 2010 (My Propeller) wurden zwei weitere Lieder aus dem Album ausgekoppelt, die jedoch beide eine Chartplatzierung verfehlten. Dies war bisher noch bei keinem Titel der Gruppe vorgekommen.

Im Juli 2009 wurde die Welttournee fortgesetzt, sie dauerte bis April 2010 und führte die Gruppe nach Australien und Neuseeland, Europa, Nordamerika und Japan.

2011/2012: Viertes Studioalbum und „Suck It and See Tour“

Alex Turner beim Lollapalooza in Chicago im August 2011

Zu Beginn des Jahres 2011 wurde in den Medien erstmals von einem vierten Album der Band berichtet. Dabei wurde auch bekannt, dass die Gruppe hierfür zum dritten Mal in Folge auf Produzent James Ford vertrauen würde. Das Album wurde 2010 und 2011 aufgenommen, den Titel der CD gab man im März bekannt. Am 12. April erschien die erste Single, Don’t Sit Down ’Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair, die Rang 28 in Großbritannien erreichte. Am 6. Juni folgte das Album Suck It and See, das Rang eins im Vereinigten Königreich erlangte, Position zehn in Deutschland und Rang 14 in den USA. Am 12. August 2011 (The Hellcat Spangled Shalalala), 31. Oktober 2011 (Suck It and See) und 23. Januar 2012 (Black Treacle) erschienen weitere Singles aus dem Album, die jedoch allesamt nicht die Charts erreichten.

Im Mai 2011 begann die „Suck It and See Tour“ in Schweden. Sie führte die Band unter anderem nach Europa, Nordamerika, Asien sowie Australien. Am 27. Februar 2012 wurde die Single R U Mine? veröffentlicht, die nicht auf dem 2011 erschienenen Album enthalten war. Sie erreichte Platz 23 der britischen Charts, der größte Erfolg seit Crying Lightning 2009 (Platz zwölf). Zuvor war am 23. Januar die vierte Singleauskopplung ihres vierten Studioalbums veröffentlicht worden, Black Treacle. Sie platzierte sich jedoch nicht in den Charts. Im Juni 2012 beendete die Band die Tour.

Am 27. Juli 2012 traten die Arctic Monkeys bei der Eröffnungsfeier der Olympischen Spiele in London auf und spielten ihren Song I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor und das Beatles-Cover Come Together.

2013/2014: Fünftes Studioalbum AM, ausgedehnte Tournee und Ruhepause

Arctic Monkeys auf dem Roskilde-Festival im Juli 2014 während der AM-Tour

Obwohl Sänger Alex Turner 2011 in einem Interview gesagt hatte, dass die Band erst 2013 wieder neue Lieder im Studio aufnehmen werde, gab er im Februar 2012 bekannt, die Gruppe habe kürzlich einen neuen Titel aufgenommen[14] und die Musik ihres neuen Albums werde mehr der „schmutzigen Seite“ des Albums Suck It and See entsprechen. Als Beispiel führte er Don’t Sit Down ’Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair an.

Am 24. Juni 2013 verkündete die Band den Namen ihres neuen Albums: AM. Das Album wurde am 6. September 2013 veröffentlicht. Aufgenommen wurde es mit Gastauftritten von Josh Homme, Pete Thomas und Bill Ryder-Jones in Rancho de la Luna, Joshua Tree, Kalifornien. Bereits vor der Veröffentlichung begann die Band ihre „AM Tour“, die von Mai 2013 bis Dezember 2014 andauerte. Nach dem Ende der Tour kündigte die Band eine längere Ruhepause an.

2018: Sechstes Studioalbum Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino

Seit dem 23. Dezember 2016 war bekannt, dass die Band an einem neuen Album arbeitete.[15] Das Album erschien am 11. Mai 2018 unter dem Namen Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino. Begleitend dazu trat die Band auf ihrer Tour in Europa und Nordamerika auf. Im Oktober 2018 gab die Band bekannt, dass sie 2019 auch in Australien, Neuseeland, Mittel- und Südamerika Konzerte spielen werde.[16]

2022: Siebtes Studioalbum The Car

Am 24. August 2022 wurde über die sozialen Medien der Band ein neues Studioalbum angekündigt, das am 21. Oktober 2022 erschien. Die Band veröffentlichte auch das Artwork sowie die neue Single There'd Better Be a Mirrorball mit dazugehörigem Video.

Für die Tournee wurden Termine mit Inhaler, The Hives und The Mysterines angekündigt.

Stil und Inspiration

Die Musik der Band lässt sich in das Genre Indie-Rock einordnen. Für das Debütalbum untersuchte Turner das menschliche Verhalten im Nachtclub. Besonders auffallend ist dies bei den Liedern I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor und Dancing Shoes. Letztgenannter drehe sich dabei besonders um die Menschen, die immer versuchen, andere „abzuschleppen“ wenn sie ausgehen, ganz egal wie sehr sie dies auch verbergen möchten.[17] Diese Themen ließen sich auch auf dem zweiten Album der Band finden, allerdings ist eine Weiterentwicklung der Musiker deutlich zu erkennen. Bei dem dritten Studioalbum wurde von Experten festgestellt, dass der Einfluss von Produzent Josh Homme mehr als deutlich zu erkennen sei. Bei dem 2011 veröffentlichten Album Suck It and See erkennt man das Experimentieren mit verschiedenen Stilen der Rockmusik, die, so einige Kritiker, mit einer neuentdeckten Reife gemischt wurden. Sänger Alex Turner bezeichnete die Veröffentlichung als „eine Mischung aus den ersten drei Alben“. So sei der Standpunkt und auch der Humor der ersten Alben erkennbar und zudem auch „ein bisschen was von Humbug“ zu finden.[18]

Diskografie

Studioalben

JahrTitel
Musiklabel
Höchstplatzierung, Gesamtwochen, AuszeichnungChartplatzierungenChartplatzierungen
(Jahr, Titel, Musiklabel, Plat­zie­rungen, Wo­chen, Aus­zeich­nungen, Anmer­kungen)
Anmerkungen
 DE AT CH UK US
2006Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not
Domino
DE20
(11 Wo.)DE
AT23
(8 Wo.)AT
CH16
(10 Wo.)CH
UK1
Siebenfachplatin
×7
Siebenfachplatin

(… Wo.)Template:Charttabelle/Wartung/vorläufigUK
US24
Platin
Platin

(19 Wo.)US
Erstveröffentlichung: 23. Januar 2006
Verkäufe: + 3.392.500
2007Favourite Worst Nightmare
Domino
DE2
(9 Wo.)DE
AT6
(8 Wo.)AT
CH6
(14 Wo.)CH
UK1
Vierfachplatin
×4
Vierfachplatin

(121 Wo.)UK
US7
(8 Wo.)US
Erstveröffentlichung: 23. April 2007
Verkäufe: + 1.360.000
2009Humbug
Domino
DE4
(6 Wo.)DE
AT7
(5 Wo.)AT
CH7
(6 Wo.)CH
UK1
Platin
Platin

(24 Wo.)UK
US15
(6 Wo.)US
Erstveröffentlichung: 24. August 2009
Verkäufe: + 446.000
2011Suck It and See
Domino
DE10
(6 Wo.)DE
AT12
(5 Wo.)AT
CH8
(9 Wo.)CH
UK1
Platin
Platin

(37 Wo.)UK
US14
(2 Wo.)US
Erstveröffentlichung: 6. Juni 2011
Verkäufe: + 450.000
2013AM
Domino
DE3
(… Wo.)Template:Charttabelle/Wartung/vorläufigDE
AT2
(… Wo.)Template:Charttabelle/Wartung/vorläufigAT
CH2
(29 Wo.)CH
UK1
Sechsfachplatin
×6
Sechsfachplatin

(… Wo.)Template:Charttabelle/Wartung/vorläufigUK
US6
Dreifachplatin
×3
Dreifachplatin

(… Wo.)Template:Charttabelle/Wartung/vorläufigUS
Erstveröffentlichung: 6. September 2013
Verkäufe: + 5.492.500
2018Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino
Domino
DE4
(5 Wo.)DE
AT3
(4 Wo.)AT
CH1
(7 Wo.)CH
UK1
Gold
Gold

(24 Wo.)UK
US8
(3 Wo.)US
Erstveröffentlichung: 11. Mai 2018
Verkäufe: + 247.000
2022The Car
Domino
DE5
(4 Wo.)DE
AT3
(4 Wo.)AT
CH3
(4 Wo.)CH
UK2
Gold
Gold

(13 Wo.)UK
US6
(1 Wo.)US
Erstveröffentlichung: 21. Oktober 2022
Verkäufe: + 100.000

Tourneen

  • Whatever People Say I Am Tour (2005/06)
  • Favourite Worst Nightmare Tour (2007/08)
  • Humbug Tour (2009/2010)
  • Suck It and See Tour (2011/12)
  • AM Tour (2013/2014)
  • Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino Tour (2018/19)
  • The Car Tour (2022/23)

Weblinks

Commons: Arctic Monkeys – Sammlung von Bildern, Videos und Audiodateien

Einzelnachweise

  1. a b c History. lyricsfreak.com, archiviert vom Original am 18. Oktober 2011; abgerufen am 1. April 2021.
  2. a b c d Dave Park: Aren’t fooling around (Part 1 of 2). prefixmag.com, 21. November 2005, abgerufen am 9. März 2012.
  3. a b Arctic Monkeys Biografie. fan-lexikon.de, abgerufen am 9. März 2012.
  4. 2fly history. 2flystudios.com, archiviert vom Original am 28. Juni 2013; abgerufen am 1. April 2021.
  5. a b Lars Brandle: Fever rises for Arctic Monkeys. 30. Januar 2006, archiviert vom Original am 14. November 2006; abgerufen am 9. März 2012.
  6. Record deals Arctic Monkeys Reading Festival(2004–2005). readingfestivalticket.wordpress.com, abgerufen am 9. März 2012.
  7. Scott Colothan: Arctic Monkeys Sign £1million Publishing Deal (Memento vom 3. Februar 2009 im Internet Archive)
  8. Chartposition USA: Alternative Songs
  9. Alex Kumi: Arctic Monkeys make UK chart history. guardian.co.uk, 30. Januar 2006, abgerufen am 11. März 2012.
  10. Arctic Monkeys eye record debut. news.bbc.co.uk, 24. Januar 2006, abgerufen am 11. März 2012.
  11. Arctic Monkeys crack the US Top 30. nme.com, 2. März 2006, abgerufen am 11. März 2012.
  12. Exclusive – Arctic Monkeys lose a member. nme.com, 22. Mai 2006, abgerufen am 11. März 2012.
  13. Arctic Monkeys Announce Album Release Date & Tracklisting. arcticmonkeys.com, 1. Juni 2009, archiviert vom Original am 4. Juni 2009; abgerufen am 1. April 2021.
  14. Arctic Monkeys will not return to the studio until 2013. nme.com, 26. August 2011, abgerufen am 9. März 2012.
  15. Andrew Trendell: Arctic Monkeys confirm they’re back in Sheffield to work on new album. In: NME. Time Inc., 23. Dezember 2016, abgerufen am 20. Januar 2017 (englisch).
  16. Australia + New Zealand 2019 Tour Dates. In: arcticmonkeys.com. Archiviert vom Original (nicht mehr online verfügbar) am 29. März 2019; abgerufen am 29. März 2019 (englisch).  Info: Der Archivlink wurde automatisch eingesetzt und noch nicht geprüft. Bitte prüfe Original- und Archivlink gemäß Anleitung und entferne dann diesen Hinweis.@1@2Vorlage:Webachiv/IABot/www.arcticmonkeys.com
  17. The Noughties Whatever People Say… spacepack.ca, 25. Mai 2011, archiviert vom Original am 8. November 2011; abgerufen am 1. April 2021.
  18. Arctic Monkeys: Suck It And See ’is a balance between our first three albums’. nmw.com, 31. Mai 2011, abgerufen am 9. März 2012.