Formed in Sheffield, England, in 2002, the rapid ascent of this band is a shining example of the power of the Internet that took it from teenage underground rockers to chart-topping sensations in a matter of weeks when its lyrically strong second single, I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor, reached number 1 in the UK singles chart, mainly via download sales. The Arctic Monkeys' debut album in 2006, Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not, became the fastest-selling debut album for a band. Its sound is characterised by catchy guitar riff-driven songs, coupled with Alex Turner’s brilliantly witty lyrics, delivered with a strong Yorkshire accent, that often portrays modern day life and culture in working-class Britain. Turner has also enjoyed success with his side project, The Last Shadow Puppets. As one of the first bands to achieve fame and acclaim via Internet exposure, it instigated the possibilities for changes in the way new bands are promoted and marketed.
Followers: The Fratellis, The Enemy, The View