I first read about Arctic Monkeys in the ubiquitous NME, and subsequently heard a track on 6Music. I was sufficiently interested to want to buy their single release Five Minutes With Arctic Monkeys when it was released in May. The key word there is “want”. It seems it was released in limited numbers, and I couldn’t find a copy anywhere . Apparently copies are now selling for £30 or more on eBay, which is a bit more than I’m inclined to pay for a couple of tracks, mutter, mutter.
However, a bit of googling, and lurking on the band’s forum pointed me to a location where I could download some tracks. And I’m glad I did. Comparisons have been drawn with the Libertines, but they’re not doing the same thing. The musical style is not a million miles away from the Libs, or indeed many other British indie bands, but as that’s a general sound that appeals to me, this is definitely a Good Thing. But it’s the lyrics that make them stand out – think of the conversational, story-telling style that Jarvis Cocker perfected in Pulp’s heyday, updated and with a punkish energy behind them.
Particularly noticeable is Fake Tales of San Francisco, one of the tracks on that elusive single:
Fake Tales of San Francisco
Echo through the room
More point to a wedding disco
Without a bride or groom
And yeah, I’d love to tell you all my problem
You’re not from New York City, you’re from Rotherham
So get off the bandwagon, and put down the handbook
Yeah, yeah, yeah
Arctic Monkeys: young band from Sheffield, likely to go far. You read it here first.
 If not indigenous
 Hmmm, Toad of Toad Hall jokes. What next?
 Note: I’d much rather buy the stuff, being that kind of person, but if it’s unavailable, I will download
 See previous mutterings about every new band having to be the “new” previous band
 Or if you’re really cool, you read it here last, and you’re wondering what took me so long