Just when you thought they’d fallen off the face of the earth, Steel City’s finest Arctic Monkeys return uninvited into the heart of Britain’s music scene with the spine-chillingly electric second single from their fifth upcoming studio album, Do I Wanna Know?
Drummer Matt Helders immediately feeds a thread of strong and steady beats, enabling O’Malley’s bass and Turner’s ominous guitar riffs to speak volumes with their brooding and surly tones that ooze sex appeal and are sure to entice the hearts of thousands in a live audience. At once, it is clear that this is a song crafted with the intention of following a heavier and darker route for a more mature and experienced band that has surfaced from the depths of light-hearted songs such as I Bet You Look Good On The Dance Floor and My Propeller. This is shown perfectly when the song climaxes into a chorus of ‘crawling back to you…’ complete with falsetto call-and-response from Helders and infectious twangs of Alex Turner’s guitar that hang heavy with subtle angst, artfully mirroring the tenor of R U Mine?, the debut single from their forthcoming album AM.
Still, Alex Turner sticks to his Yorkshire roots with sullen colloquialisms such as, ‘do you ever get that fear that you can’t shift the tide that sticks around like summat in your teeth’ – a reminder that yes, this is still the humble band from Sheffield that had a fast track to fame in 2005.
Consequently, this is a promising taste of the long-awaited album set for release on 9th September. It is saturated in depth and torment yet is still easy on the ears with its infectious rhythm that will surely imprint itself upon the minds of many. This is a mellow and easy-going tune which may not tickle the fancies of everyone, least of all those who are still yearning for ‘the old Arctic Monkeys,’ but it is undeniable that Arctic Monkeys have more than proven themselves over the years and this end result is remarkable for the little band from Sheffield that have definitely earned their stripes.