Monday, February 27, 2012

What's going on with the Arctic Monkeys?

Remember when the Arctic Monkeys arrived on the radio back in 2005? Their songs were incredible, incendiary... but they were reluctant and awkward, blinking in the limelight and barely able to make eye contact with anyone who tried to speak to them.

Granted, they were only teenagers. And Alex Turner showed the occasional flash of the wit he displayed in his dry, urbane lyrics. Simon Amstell, typically, got some of the best reactions out of him by appealing to their self-deprecating sense of humour.

But somewhere along the way, they grew into their roll as Britain's best rock band. If you caught them on tour last year, you couldn't help but notice how at ease with himself Alex Turner seemed on stage. One time, he even did The Macarena.

Amazing, right?

But this is all just a very long-winded and self-indulgent way of saying the band put out a new single this morning. It seems to have taken everyone by surprise. RU Mine isn't from their current album, Suck It And See, and it doesn't appear to be the launch of a new one.

I love it when a band is so hyped up about a new song they rush-release it so everyone share can the excitement. And this is definitely exciting - stuffed silly with towering riffs, and showcasing some of the most ridiculously overblown drum kit showboating of all time.

Nice video too.

Arctic Monkeys - RU Mine

Out to buy now from your local MP3 emporium.

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