not really thinking that I would come upon anything that would peak my interest…something did. And it was ROCK!!
Hello and happy Thursday my fellow kilSters!! You know, I was listening to the radio today and I never, ever, ever, ever do that anymore. Why? The radio plays nothing but crap. In New York it seems like all of the rock stations have all but disappeared. We used to have 92.3 K-Rock. Way back when, before 104.3 went classic rock, it was this awesome alternative station that I would spend hours past my bedtime listening to all the flavors of the day like Porno For Pyros and Alice In Chains. Then one day, it was all gone. First to fall was 104.3. Overnight the station changed its format from Alternative to Classic Rock. That was a little easier to swallow because it was still a rock station. K-Rock is the station that committed the biggest sin in my eyes.
92.3 K-Rock played alternative, some punk, ska, metal. Basically rock. Aside from the excellent selection of rock music, every morning from 6 am to 11 am, Howard Stern ruled the airwaves from 1985 until 2006 when he moved on to satellite radio. The station crumbled. With Stern gone, and with the ratings not up to par for the bigwigs running it, K-Rock turned into an all talk radio station. That didn’t last either. Today, 92.3 is NOW 92.3. Gone was the Rock. NOW 92.3 is now a pop friendly hits of the day kind of station. It pretty much sucks. What does any of this have to do with the Arctic Monkeys? Well, while I was flipping through the radio station in my sister’s ride because I had absentmindedly forgotten my iPod at home. Rather than just ride in silence, I chose instead to flip through the stations, not really thinking that I would come upon anything that would peak my interest. Lo and behold, something did. And it was ROCK!!
I could tell you which station played this very fantastic music, but I don’t want to let you down.
The band of said peaked interest? The Arctic Monkeys. I had been introduced to the Arctic Monkeys by my brother, Taso, who it seems always has his ear out for things that are not of the norm. The norm being not Rock. Not in New York anyway. Not anymore. So, yes, the song that came on the radio, “Dangerous Animals“, off of the Arctic Monkeys 2010 album, Humbug, I had heard before, but just the fact that it was playing on the radio made me smile and remember who the hell the Arctic Monkeys were. I could tell you which station played this very fantastic music, but I don’t want to let you down. I don’t want to give you the station just in case by the time you get around to reading this, that said station didn’t already up and change their format. I’m a pessimist, but with good reason, me thinks. So yeah, the Arctic Monkeys.
you’ll find some pretty tripped out gems interwoven within their songs.
The Arctic Monkeys are: Alex Turner (Lead Vox/lead/rhythm guitar), Jamie Cook (rhythm/lead guitar), Nick O’Malley (bass guitar, backing vocals), and Matt Helders (drums, backing vocals). They are an indie band from across the pond, having formed in Sheffield, UK in 2002. There was nothing new or fantastical about these Arctic chaps. No, if you’ve heard bands like Modest Mouse or Franz Ferdinand, then you’ve heard this type of music before. Although the Arctic Monkeys influences are so clearly defined, that should not deter you from having yourselves a listen or five. There’s a sense of fun in the Arctic Monkeys music and more than that, you’ll find some pretty tripped out gems interwoven within their songs.
Rock N’ Roll can never die as long as we don’t let it.
If this is what the future of music sounds like, then I want more of it. I don’t want my one recent experience of switching radio stations only to come upon the Arctic Monkeys to be a fluke. I want that one experience to germinate into something more than just a one off happenstance. Rock N’ Roll can never die as long as we don’t let it. Bands like the Arctic Monkeys are helping keep rock alive and kicking. There’s still something magical that happens when the guitar, bass, drums, and vocals form a cohesive unit and produce heavenly noise of thunder, and Arctic Monkeys are disciples for the indie cause. If you love indie, then the Arctic Monkeys will make you believe again.
Feel free to discover the Arctic Monkeys for yourselves at the following places:
Lastly, please don’t forget to pick up the Arctic Monkeys latest release, AM today!!