Arctic Monkeys at Marathon Music Works (Show Review | Photo Gallery)
While our “work week” literally began with Vampire Weekend on Monday (check out our review + photos), Tuesday night we turned to England rockers Arctic Monkeys with LA-based knitters turned guitar’n'drums duo Deap Vally (the chick rockers must have decided to leave out the “E” in protest) at Nashville’s Marathon Music Works for the second sold-out performance within a mere two-day span.
But that’s “Music CIty” for ya folks. Whether it be a famous musician standing behind you at a concert, or even that celeb finding a way to join the listed headliner on stage for a brief collaboration, we honestly never know what to expect. It almost seems as if every night in Nashville comes with a smack-you-in-the-face surprise and subsequent tell-all-your-friends story. And this night was no different.
We’ll start with the odd but awesome. Upon arriving to the venue in order to pick-up our passes, Kelly took the lead by presenting her driver’s license while I was still migrating inside. Little did Kelly know that Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney was standing right next to her at the ticket counter. Somehow, someway, Kelly ended up walking away, and on accident, with Patrick’s license while he ended up with hers. It was quickly realized and fixed. However, interesting to say the least. How many times have you ended up with the identification of Bieber’s biggest enemy?
Some would say we showed up “late” while I would argue “just in time” as there was just enough time to grab a drink and find my way to the rear of the venue. We did miss Deap Vally but we’ve learned that you have to pick your battles because it’s damn near impossible to catch them all! And after all, we were there to see and hear the quality post-punk music from Arctic Monkeys, who gained our attention seven years ago upon the release of the band’s debut album ”Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not.”
On that note, we were more than thrilled to hear the older songs “Dancing Shoes” and “I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor” from that breakthrough album, which ended up winning the Mercury Prize and setting numerous sales records. However, the excitement really began the moment Arctic Monkeys walked on stage and kicked off the opening track “Do I Wanna Know?” from the band’s new “AM” album.
The album is a bit more progressive than past works of the band, but after all, they have to keep moving forward just like the rest of us. Otherwise you quickly become irrelevant. “Knee Socks” was also played and features the more newly-found yet widely-accepted grungy, low-end funk style with a flair of contemporary R&B in Alex Turner’s vocals. Considering that the guys recently moved to Los Angeles, we suspect that the transition is one of the main reasons for the shift in music. But that’s just us.
All in all, it was a great night and the crowd was lively throughout the evening while showing the obvious signs of having a good time — shuffling feet and smiling faces. now that the guys are located in the States, we expect more North American tours in the near future.
Do I Wanna Know?
Don’t Sit Down ‘Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair
Snap Out of It
Old Yellow Bricks
Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?
I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor
I Wanna Be Yours
One for the Road
Do Me a Favour
R U Mine?