Arctic Monkeys Return With Surprise Gig, New Album
By: Spacelab Research Staff
The Arctic Monkeys came out of their hole on February 11th to play a surprise gig at Leadmill in Sheffield. The surprise show was their first gig in support of their upcoming album Favourite Worst Nightmare, and wasn't announced until hours before the gig. The band previewed a number of songs from the album.
The album will be released on April 23rd in Europe and April 24th in North America Via Domino Records. They'll set the stage with the relase of the single Brianstorm the week before on April 16th/17th.
The Arctic Monkeys blasted their way into the collective unconscious in 2006, winning the Mercury Music Prize, selling 360,000 copies of their album in the week of its debut (a new record), winning more big awards, playing Saturday Night Live, and I could go on and on, but I think you get the point.
The phenomenal thing about their rise is how they got there: largely through Internet file sharing of their music and being a band promoted independently by the blogosphere. The Arctic Monkeys have become proof positive that bands can promote themselves and get big props from the music community, AND, that can lead to signifigant commercial success.
The Arctic Monkeys are planning a number of shows for a tour this summer that will include stops at the Coachella Music Festival, Glastonbury, and Rock am Ring/Rock im Park in Germany.
Arctic Monkeys: Favourite Worst Nightmare 01 Brianstorm
02 Teddy Picker
03 D is for Dangerous
05 Fluorescent Adolescent
06 Only Ones Who Know
07 Do Me a Favour
08 This House Is a Circus
09 If You Were There, Beware
10 The Bad Thing
11 Old Yellow Bricks