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Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino (stylised as Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino) is the sixth studio album by English rock band Arctic Monkeys, released on 11 May 2018 by Domino Recording Company. The album was written by frontman Alex Turner in 2016 on a Steinway Vertegrand piano in his Los Angeles home. It was produced in Los Angeles, Paris and London by frequent Arctic Monkeys collaborator James Ford and Turner, alongside a wide array of guest musicians including Tom Rowley, Loren Humphrey, James Righton, Zach Dawes, Tyler Parkford and Cam Avery. Turner designed the album artwork himself, which depicts the eponymous resort with cardboard cut-outs and a tape recorder. Its title refers to Tranquility Base, the site of the 1969 Apollo 11 Moon landing.

Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino is a major departure from the band's previous guitar-heavy work, being considered less accessible than its internationally successful predecessor, AM (2013). It features a rich sound that embodies psychedelic pop, lounge pop, space pop, and glam rock, as well as elements of jazz. It also draws influence from soul, progressive rock, funk, French pop and film soundtracks of the 1960s. Instrumentally, it incorporates vintage synthesisers and keyboards, including organs, pianos, harpsichords and the dolceola, as well as the Orchestron, Farfisa and RMI Rocksichord. Baritone and lap steel guitars are introduced by the band on multiple tracks, in addition to the electric and acoustic guitars typically used by the band, as well as a variety of percussion instruments, including rotary timpani and vibraphones. Its lyrical content draws heavily from science fiction and film, exploring consumerism, politics, religion and technology through the concept of a luxury resort on the Moon told from the perspective of various characters, such as the singer in the in-house band on "Star Treatment" or the hotel's receptionist called 'Mark', whose name is directly referred to in "Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino" (the title track) and many other times throughout the albums lyrics and visuals.

Despite its stylistic deviation polarising listeners, Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino was released to generally positive reviews and was named the best album of 2018 by Q magazine. It was nominated for the 2018 Mercury Prize and the Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album. The single "Four Out of Five" was nominated for Best Rock Performance. It became the band's sixth consecutive number-one debut in the UK, the country's fastest-selling vinyl record in 25 years, and the band's third top 10 album in the US. It also topped the charts in Australia, Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Greece, Portugal, Scotland and Switzerland. Following its release, the album was promoted by the singles "Four Out of Five" and "Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino", as well as a global tour and multiple television appearances.

Background and recording

The band's fifth studio album AM was released in September 2013 to critical acclaim, bringing the group new levels of commercial success globally.[1][2] In April 2016, Alex Turner's psychedelic pop side project the Last Shadow Puppets released their second studio album Everything You've Come to Expect. A year later, Turner co-produced Alexandra Savior's debut album Belladonna of Sadness with James Ford. This was Turner's first foray into record production, with the two proceeding to produce Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino.[2][3][4]

Following the international success of AM, Turner suffered from writer's block, and struggled to find a direction for a new album. Having written "Sweet Dreams, TN" from Everything You've Come to Expect, he lost interest in writing love songs, with a friend suggesting "not doing that for a moment". In early 2016, upon watching Federico Fellini's 1963 film , Turner was inspired by its depiction of writer's block, childhood memories and the science fiction genre. He began writing songs for the album on a Steinway Vertegrand piano he received as a 30th birthday gift from the Arctic Monkeys' manager Ian McAndrew. He wrote and recorded the demos in a spare room of his Los Angeles home dubbed "Lunar Surface". During the process Turner recalled piano lessons he had received from his father at the age of eight, commenting that he "never thought [his father's influence] would find its way into [his] compositions as much as it has on this record".[5] Many of the vocal takes included on the finished album originate from Turner's home demos on a TASCAM 388 8-track recording machine.[6] Guitarist Jamie Cook commented that he "was blown away by the direction Alex had gone in" when Turner played him the demos in February 2017.[7] Initially unsure how they would record the songs, the two discussed Turner releasing a solo album, but ultimately decided against the idea. Cook began recording guitar ideas to complement the demos, with bassist Nick O'Malley approving of the demo for "Star Treatment".[8][9]

In September 2017, the Arctic Monkeys began recording material at Vox Studios in Hollywood and La Frette in Paris. Frequent collaborator James Ford co-produced the album with Turner.[4][10][11] During these sessions the piano and guitar parts began to mesh, with O'Malley and drummer Matt Helders joining. Helders commented that during recording he played with more restraint than on previous records, noting that "it's about playing for the songs".[7] Further recording sessions took place with Ford in London. The group employed a wide array of guest musicians. Ford and guitarist Tom Rowley, (who has served as a touring member of the band since 2013),[12] contributed to several tracks. Drummer Loren Humphrey of Guards, keyboardist James Righton and pianist Josephine Stephenson contributed to "Four Out of Five", "Science Fiction" and "The Ultracheese". Zach Dawes and Tyler Parkford of Mini Mansions, and Evan Weiss of Wires on Fire also performed on "American Sports" and "The World's First Ever Monster Truck Front Flip". Additionally, Cam Avery of Tame Impala contributed backing vocals to "She Looks Like Fun".[4] The musicians performed together in a single room, influenced by images of the sessions for the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds (1966), as well as Phil Spector's Wall of Sound production method.[5] Parkford joined the band as a touring member following the album's release, whilst Avery also joined the Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino Tour as an opening act and guest musician at some shows.[12]

Composition

Musical style and influences

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

Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino is a departure from AM's guitar riff-driven work, resultant of Turner's usage of the piano over the guitar in its composition.[7] It has been characterised as psychedelic pop,[13][14] lounge pop,[15] space pop,[16] and glam rock.[17] The album further incorporates influences from jazz,[7] as well as soul, prog, funk, French pop and film soundtracks of the 1960s.[18][19] Its sound has been described as "subdued, but warm and classic in the way that musicians who seek out storied mixing consoles aspire to",[20] as well as "lush and claustrophobic".[7] The melodic songs feature unconventional chord progressions, and often abandon the traditional "verse" and "chorus" structure.[21] The album has been noted for its lack of distinct hooks, and its tendency to limit "casual consumption".[22][23] Instrumentally, it incorporates vintage synthesisers and keyboards reminiscent of space age pop.[22] Keyboards used on the album include organs, pianos, harpsichords and the dolceola, as well as the Orchestron, Farfisa and RMI Rocksichord. Multiple tracks feature baritone and lap steel guitars in addition to the electric and acoustic guitars typically used by the band, as well as a variety of percussion instruments, including rotary timpani and vibraphones.[4]

The album has been compared to the works of David Bowie,[24][15][19] Serge Gainsbourg,[20][15][22] Leonard Cohen,[15][19] Nick Cave,[25] Jarvis Cocker,[19][22][18] Richard Hawley[18] and Father John Misty,[24][20][19][22] as well as Pet Sounds (1966) by the Beach Boys.[24] Turner has cited Gainsbourg's Histoire de Melody Nelson (1971), Cohen's Death of a Ladies' Man (1977),[5] Dion's Born to Be with You (1975) and François de Roubaix's score for Le Samouraï (1967) as key influences.[7] The album's drum and bass lines have been compared closely to those on Histoire de Melody Nelson, with the influence of Pet Sounds pervading the record, especially in its vocal harmonies.[21]

Lyrics and themes

"Science fiction creates these other worlds within which we can explore our own, and I wanted to write something about that idea. So, through reading sci-fi ... I began to access that sort of vocabulary — then suddenly we're talking about virtual reality moon casino experiences."

—Alex Turner[26]

Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino is a concept album depicting a luxury hotel at Tranquility Base, the location of the 1969 Moon landing.[19] The record is said to be one of the bands' most complex yet surreal lyrical, visual, and conceptual pieces, as the album refers frequently to science fiction, incorporating "hyperrealist satire" and "interstellar escapism"[22] in order to explore entertainment's role in periods of social change: "the desire to escape into it, and the desire to create it".[7] This is influenced by current politics in the United States,[7] as well as consumerism,[22] fame,[18] religion and technology.[24] The "forgetful, distractible oddballs" Turner embodies as his narrators frequently become distracted. The multiple unreliable narrators are "sometimes barely [able to] string a sentence together",[22] and draw influence from lounge music.[7] Turner uses multiple vocal tones to "embody" the different characters, with his vocal range incorporating both deep and falsetto singing styles.[27] Turner's lyrical voice has been described as "absurdist suave", as opposed to the "witty sleaze" of his previous work, and has been compared to Argentine short-story writer Jorge Luis Borges.[22] The lyrics are dense and self-aware[24] and have been described as "endlessly quotable",[20] written in a "rambling, stream-of-consciousness style".[28] Turner cited various films as influencing the lyrics, including Spirits of the Dead (1968), World on a Wire (1973) and the works of Jean-Pierre Melville.[26] Furthermore, the ideas present within the books Amusing Ourselves to Death (1985) by Neil Postman and Infinite Jest (1996) by David Foster Wallace inspired Turner's philosophical exploration of the human condition in contemporary society.[22]

Turner commented that he took a different approach to writing lyrics than on previous albums, noting that he "became less concerned on this album [with] compartmentalising every idea to the point where each song became this episode that starts and ends in three minutes". Canadian singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen inspired this different perspective on each lyric's relationship with its context.[29] He further noted that his writing on the album was straightforward in a way he considered similar to the band's debut Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not (2006). On the connections between the two albums, Turner commented that "it's set in a completely different place, obviously, but there's something in the lyrics that reminds me of something in that writing. I'm tempted to say that it's something to do with how blunt it is. I think that was something I was trying to get away from, and perhaps I’ve returned to it now".[5]

Songs

"Star Treatment", the album's opening track, begins with a reference to American indie rock band the Strokes' early influence on Turner. On their impact, Turner commented: "The arrival of the Strokes changed what music I was listening to, what shoes I was wearing. I grew my hair out and borrowed my mum's blazer. I was a huge fan".[30] Its chorus describes a fictional band named "the Martini Police".[26] The track's narrator expresses surprise that somebody has never seen the science fiction film Blade Runner (1982). Turner has stated that this was based on real-life interactions, noting his interest in the fact that "it goes beyond: 'What do you mean you've never seen Blade Runner?' and gets to: 'Oh my God, I envy you!'".[5] Musically, the track's glam influences have been analogised to "David Bowie descending on a lunar wedding".[22] It has also been compared to the soul of Curtis Mayfield,[18] with Turner's "debonaire" vocal delivery being likened to rapping.[31]

"One Point Perspective" is built around a "sweet" and "plucky" percussive piano motif[16][31] containing "lavish" strings[24] and a basic hip-hop beat.[20] The song's "dandy" narrator has been compared to Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker.[31] Turner has alluded that the song was inspired by conversations he witnessed and experienced whilst under the influence of narcotics. Its title refers to a cinematic technique often employed by film directors such as Stanley Kubrick and Wes Anderson, which Turner described as "unsettling".[32] Turner has noted that the track's jazz elements were influenced by his father, commenting that "the sort of jazzy bit of that, that every time it comes around, when I sit there, it feels like something he would play".[5]

On "American Sports", the album explores a darker musical direction,[26] featuring "spooky", heavily affected keyboards.[31] Turner's vocals have been described as both "sinister"[26] and "dreamy".[31] The lyric "the trainer's explanation was accepted by the steward" was suggested by his grandfather, in reference to horse racing.[32]The album's titular track mocks contemporary society's sterility, as well as containing political references, on which Turner has commented that "more of those ideas have certainly found a way into this record than anything I’ve done before".[26] It is told from the perspective of the hotel's receptionist, named Mark.[32] Musically, the track features "skittish" jazz drums, as well as harpsichords, performed by Turner and co-producer James Ford.[31][4] "Golden Trunks" has been described as "unsettling", and contains a "raw and brooding" guitar riff that has been compared to the album's predecessor AM.[27][24] Turner's falsetto vocals display "rakish charm",[23] with the song depicting a conversation between Turner and a potential romantic interest.[32] It has been suggested that the lyrics "the leader of the free world reminds you of a wrestler wearing tight golden trunks" is in reference to the then president of the United States Donald Trump.[33][16][34]

"Four Out of Five" has been described as a "Bowie-ish glam song",[20] as well as being likened to a stylistic combination of the band's Suck It and See (2011) and Turner's work with the Last Shadow Puppets.[24] Kitty Empire of The Observer compared the song's guitar riff to the band's single "Do I Wanna Know?" (2013), incorporating Lou Reed's "Satellite of Love" (1972).[18] It has been labelled as the album's only "singalong anthem", and describes an acclaimed taqueria on the moon named the "Information-Action Ratio", in reference to Neil Postman's concept, exploring gentrification.[35][22] The taqueria's name was a coincidental result of Matt Helders' backing vocals, with Turner commenting that "phonetically it's quite alluring".[5] The articulation of Turner's vocals on the track incorporates elements of hip hop.[31]

On "The World's First Ever Monster Truck Front Flip", Turner vocally alternates from a "Bowie-style drawl to the falsetto and to a gruff murmur",[28] with its minimal percussion and bass guitar and use of reverb being compared to Pet Sounds.[27] The track was inspired by a news report Turner read describing a monster truck front flip.[32] "Science Fiction" is driven by a "slinky" riff, and has been compared stylistically to the band's Humbug (2009).[24][35] The track's title is one of many references to science fiction on the album; however, Turner expressed that his reading of the genre was limited.[32] "She Looks Like Fun" has been described as a "'60s-style novelty track".[20] Lyrically, the song addresses social media; Turner was inspired by an episode of American comedy-drama television series High Maintenance in which with the need for "constant updating and refreshing" of social media is depicted.[32] "Batphone" has also been compared to Humbug and AM,[24][28] musically featuring a "heavier thump".[28]

The album's "schmoozy" final track "The Ultracheese" has been compared to pop standards "Que Sera, Sera",[24] "New York, New York", "Are You Lonesome Tonight?"[31] and "Leavin' on Your Mind".[27] It features a "gorgeous" acoustic and baritone guitar solos performed by Tom Rowley, and descending piano chords that "symbol a kind of final bow".[24][28][4] Turner has commented that musically the song resembles his "default position", comparing it to previous tracks "Cornerstone" and "The Dream Synopsis". The track was recorded in a live take with a large ensemble, including baritone and pedal steel guitars, two drum kits, a bass guitar, a Wurlitzer, and two pianos. Turner referred to the song as the group's most successful implementation of this recording style.[32][4]

Artwork and title

The album's artwork was designed by Alex Turner using cardboard cut-outs and a Revox A77 tape machine, itself containing an early version of the album.[32][36] On the artwork, Turner stated that "In the past I've definitely had record covers that don't, to me, represent what's on the wax, and I certainly don't feel that way about this one. By the end of it, I think I'd forgotten there even was a record. I'd just gotten obsessed with cardboard."[6] Turner began by drawing a hexagon, to reflect the band's sixth studio album, eventually drawing influence from architects Eero Saarinen and John Lautner, becoming "quite consumed" by the process.[7] The artwork was initially inspired by a photograph depicting the set for a Lunar Hilton hotel being built for 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). Turner began imagining a model of the titular hotel within its lobby. He was further inspired by the rotating sign of Los Angeles food chain House of Pies, an element which he incorporated into the artwork.[32]

The album's title is in reference to Tranquility Base, the first site on the Moon to be walked by humans. Turner was inspired by the conspiracy theory that Stanley Kubrick faked the first Moon landing, initially naming the spare room in which he wrote and recorded the project's demos "Lunar Surface". He stated that naming the room was "instrumental" in the conception of the title, alongside a series of Apollo-branded cups owned by Turner which depict an eagle with the caption "Tranquility Base".[32]

Release and promotion

In September 2017, bassist Nick O'Malley announced that the band had begun recording a follow-up to 2013's AM, stating that if a new album was not released in 2018 they would have had "problems".[10] The release of Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino was first announced on 5 April 2018, through a short video directed by Ben Chappell. The video depicted the spinning model featured in the album's artwork, and included snippets of new music.[37][38] The group announced promotional pop-up shops on the weekend of the album's release, in their native Sheffield, New York, Paris, Berlin, Tokyo, and Sydney.[39] The Sydney pop-up venue also included a mini film festival curated by the band.[40][41]

Singles and videos

No singles were released prior to the album, although multiple tracks were debuted before its release in the first leg of the Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino Tour.[42] Two days after the album's release, "Four Out of Five" was issued as its lead single, alongside an accompanying music video directed by Ben Chappell and Aaron Brown.[43][44] The video was compared to the works of Stanley Kubrick, depicting Turner walking through an elegant home reminiscent of The Shining and an underground train station evocative of the dystopia of A Clockwork Orange.[45] The single debuted at number 18 on the UK Singles Chart.[46]

In July, the group released a music video for the album's titular track, "Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino", again directed by Brown and Chappell. The stylised video is inspired by Kubrick, featuring the surreal science fiction style established in "Four Out of Five", and depicts Turner exploring a hotel.[47][48] The track was announced as the album's second single alongside the release of the video.[49] On 30 November, the group released a 7" vinyl version of the single, accompanied by the previously unreleased B-side "Anyways".[50]

Tour

The band performing at the Royal Albert Hall in 2018.

In January 2018, the band announced a tour of North America and Europe which began in May,[51][52] concluding in October at the Voodoo Experience.[53] In October they extended the tour into April 2019, with dates added in Australia and New Zealand, as well as Latin America.[54] The songs "American Sports", "Four Out of Five", "One Point Perspective" and "She Looks Like Fun" were debuted live in San Diego on 2 May. This was the tour's opening performance, and the Arctic Monkeys' first performance since 2014.[42][55] For the tour, the group were joined by longtime touring members Tom Rowley and Davey Latter, as well as album contributors Tyler Parkford and Cam Avery,[12][4] the latter of whom also acted as a supporting act.[55] The band adapted their live show to better fit the stylistic differences of the album's material, with the new shows being described as "sophisticated". Turner's presence was also noted to be more "playful" than on the band's previous tours, attributed to his decreased usage of the guitar,[12] with the band described as embodying "lounge lizard" characters.[56]

The group released the 11-minute documentary film Warp Speed Chic on their YouTube channel in October 2018. The film was directed by Chappell, and features footage of the French leg of the tour, intercut with September 2017 footage of the band recording the album in France.[57] In June 2019, they released another short documentary film depicting the concluding Mexican leg of the tour, again directed by Chappell.[58] A live recording, Live at the Royal Albert Hall, was released in December 2020.[59]

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,[60] The Late Late Show with James Corden[61] and The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.[62] In June, they performed live at BBC's Maida Vale Studios, with their performance being broadcast as a Live at the BBC special. Their setlist consisted of songs from Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino, as well as earlier songs.[63][64] In September, the group released a live rendition of "Four Out of Five" and a cover of an untitled song by Stephen Fretwell as a part of the Spotify Singles series, recorded live at Electric Lady Studios in New York.[65] In January 2019, the band made their debut performance on American music program Austin City Limits.[66]

Reception

Critical

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
AnyDecentMusic?7.2/10[67]
Metacritic76/100[68]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic[69]
Consequence of SoundB−[70]
The Daily Telegraph[35]
The Guardian[21]
The Independent[28]
NME[24]
Pitchfork8.1/10[22]
Q[71]
Rolling Stone[15]
Uncut7/10[20]

Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino received generally favourable reviews from critics,[68] but was described as being "polarising" for listeners.[72] At Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received a score of 76, based on 32 reviews.[68]

Thomas Smith of NME noted that the album was likely to divide listeners, describing it as "the band's most intriguing record to date".[24] Cosette Schulz for Exclaim! suggested against dismissing the album without multiple listens, writing that it "feels like poetic social and fantasy-world commentary penned by Turner, who then fancied having a go at the piano and then brought the whole band in for good measure."[27] For Q, Niall Doherty described it as "a strange, wonderful album, one that almost feels like Arctic Monkeys have embarked on their own full-band side-project".[71] Roisin O'Connor of The Independent described it as "creative, intriguing and completely different".[28] Spin's Larry Fitzmaurice similarly noted the album as the group's "strangest and most alluring", writing that a "sense of heading into the unknown – of charting new and strange artistic territory, accessibility be damned – pervades Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino as a whole, its own adventurousness proving a successful gambit".[16] The Daily Telegraph's Neil McCormick found it to be "a work with its own internal logic that mocks the very notion of artistic integrity".[35] John Robinson for Uncut praised the album as "low-key but engrossing", but noted that "it can be a little one-paced, and a little withholding".[20]

For The Guardian, Alexis Petridis praised the project's humour, but criticised its occasional smugness, noting that the tracks "can feel like less than the sum of their parts". He concluded that the album was an imperfect success which showcased "evidence – albeit flawed – of a certain musical restlessness".[21] Kitty Empire of sister publication The Observer was more positive, writing that despite a chance that the album might be poorly-received, the "voyage into themed purgatory ... is worth it". She praised the album's stylistic deviation from the accessible rock of AM, resulting in "a riveting and immersive listen".[18] AllMusic writer Stephen Thomas Erlewine praised the album, writing that "the expansive aural horizons of Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino suggest there are plenty of avenues for Turner to steer Arctic Monkeys into a fruitful middle age". However, he noted that focused listening revealed careless details, and that the album was hindered by an absence of memorable songs.[69] Similarly, Annie Zaleski of The A.V. Club noted that its lack of "obvious hooks" was its key flaw, with its structureless nature resulting in the album feeling "unmoored and even plodding".[23] In a mixed review for Rolling Stone, Jon Dolan praised the album's ambition but criticised the album as "meandering", concluding that the new stylistic direction "doesn't quite work".[15]

Accolades

Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino was nominated for the 2018 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 fourth nomination for the award: the second most nominations received by any act.[73] The album was nominated for Best Alternative Music Album at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards, with single "Four Out of Five" nominated for Best Rock Performance.[74]

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, Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino was listed as the fourteenth best album of the year,[75] with Q[76] and Kitty Empire of The Observer[77] naming it the best album of 2018. Publications including NME,[78] The Independent[79] and Mojo[80] also listed Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino as the year's second best album. Uproxx,[81] BBC Radio 6 Music[82] and Entertainment Weekly[83] included the album in the top five of their year-end lists, with Vulture[84] and The Guardian[85] including the album in their top ten. Publications that listed the album in their top twenty include Flood,[86] Paste[87] and The Line of Best Fit.[88] Numerous publications included Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino in their top fifty albums of the year, including Crack Magazine,[89] Esquire,[90] musicOMH,[91] Pitchfork,[92] Uncut[93] and Louder Than War,[94] while Noisey[95] listed the album in their top hundred.

At the end of the 2010s, the album was included in decade-end lists by The Independent (48)[96] and NME (53).[97]

Commercial performance

Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart, with combined sales of 86,000 copies, and became the group's sixth consecutive album to debut at number one in the UK.[98] In addition, with 24,500 vinyl copies sold in the first week, the album became the country's fastest selling vinyl record since 1993, a record held formerly by Liam Gallagher's As You Were.[99] A week following its release, the album was certified silver by the British Phonographic Industry, receiving gold certification on June 1. The album debuted at number one in France, Australia, Scotland, Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Greece and Portugal. It additionally reached number two in Ireland, New Zealand, Denmark and Norway, and the top ten in Austria, the Czech Republic, Italy, Canada, Germany, Mexico, Finland, Sweden, Japan and Poland. In the United States, the album debuted at number eight on the Billboard 200 chart, selling 47,000 units, of which 37,000 were in traditional album sales.[100]

Track listing

All tracks are written by Alex Turner

No.TitleLength
1."Star Treatment"5:54
2."One Point Perspective"3:28
3."American Sports"2:38
4."Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino"3:31
5."Golden Trunks"2:53
6."Four Out of Five"5:12
7."The World's First Ever Monster Truck Front Flip"3:00
8."Science Fiction"3:05
9."She Looks Like Fun"3:02
10."Batphone"4:31
11."The Ultracheese"3:37
Total length:40:51

Personnel

Credits adapted from liner notes.[4]

Arctic Monkeys

  • Alex Turner – vocals (all tracks), backing vocals (1–10), organ (1–7, 9, 10), piano (1, 2, 4–7, 9, 10), guitar (1, 2, 5–7, 9, 10), bass (4–10), Orchestron (1, 2, 4), synthesiser (7, 10), baritone guitar (1), dolceola (1), harpsichord (4), acoustic guitar (6), drums (10)
  • Jamie Cook – guitar (1, 2, 4–9, 11), lap steel (1, 3), acoustic guitar (5), baritone guitar (10)
  • Nick O'Malley – bass (1–3, 9, 11), backing vocals (1, 2), guitar (7), baritone guitar (8)
  • Matt Helders – drums (1–3, 6, 7, 9, 11), rotary timpani (1), backing vocals (1), synthesisers (8), Farfisa (8)

Charts

Certifications

Certifications for Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino
RegionCertificationCertified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[141]Gold100,000

Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

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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.