“A genuine U.K. phenomenon.” -Billboard
Arctic Monkeys are an English indie rock band formed in 2002 in High Green, a suburb of Sheffield. The band consists of Alex Turner, (lead vocals, lead/rhythm guitar), Jamie Cook (rhythm/lead guitar), Nick O’Malley (bass guitar, backing vocals), and Matt Helders (drums, backing vocals). Former member Andy Nicholson (bass guitar, backing vocals) left the band in 2006 shortly after its debut album was released.
The band have released five studio albums: Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not (2006), Favourite Worst Nightmare (2007), Humbug (2009), Suck It and See (2011) and AM (2013), as well as one live album At the Apollo (2008).
The band’s debut album became the fastest-selling debut album in British music history, surpassing Elastica’s self-titled album and remains the fastest-selling debut album by a group in the UK. The band have won seven Brit Awards–winning both Best British Group and Best British Album three times, and have twice been nominated for Grammy Awards. The band also won the Mercury Prize in 2006 for its debut album, in addition to receiving a nomination in 2007 and 2013.
Arctic Monkeys were heralded as one of the first group of acts to come to the public attention via the Internet (fan-based sites rather than from the band), with commentators suggesting they represented the possibility of a change in the way in which new bands are promoted and marketed. They are also regarded as one of the most prominent bands to be part of the post-punk revival in the UK, after achieving commercial success and spawning two number one singles with its debut album.