Arctic Monkeys – Do I Wanna Know

Arctic Monkeys – Do I Wanna Know

Arctic Monkeys

With this band, it never feels right to say they’re back or that they’re finally releasing new music.  Arctic Monkeys are known for having consistently put out material and with their newest AM, they tally  five albums in seven years.  Prolific seems the apt term; perhaps engagingly prolific is the best description for their first single “Do I Wanna Know”.  In order to grasp everything happening on the whole track, it will likely take you multiple listens.  From the first beat of Matt Helders’ electric drums, Nick O’Malley’s groove  filled bassline, Jamie Cook’s blues-metal riff,  all rounded out by Alex Turner’s timeless voice, this track inevitably sucks you in.   “Do I Wanna Know” brings to mind the darker vibe of “My Propeller” coupled with the bouncier nature of “Brick By Brick“.

This British Blues Metal world they live in is one they inhabit alone.  Metal is a term not commonly associated with them, but absolutely should be.  Arctic Monkeys occupy a space that is darker than The Black Keys, rougher than Muse, and not as whiny as The Strokes.  Heavy guitar riffs are nothing new for the group, who have generally stayed within the boundaries of their respective instruments,  which also again attests to the songwriting quality and quantity for this young, yet veteran band.

Should “Do I Wanna Know” serve as a stepping stone for the album?  Either way, it will surely raise their prestige even higher in British Rock.  Though, it is not as if their band is hurting for fans.  Having already been billed as a headliner of Reading & Leeds, Lollapalooza and Glastonbury in the past, the band is an easy choice as a festival headliner.  On their last album cycle for Suck It And See, the band did their first UK Arena tour, culminating in Liverpool’s 12,000 person Echo Arena.  There is still plenty of room for growth here in the states and this is something that will surely be a focus to get a Muse-esque following here.  Regardless of venue capacities or festival names, Arctic Monkeys have carved their niche as the latest genre bending band from across the pond.

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AM  drops September 9th on Domino