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Arctic Monkeys @ Mercury Lounge

I never even heard of Arctic Monkeys two months ago, but I was still really excited to see the albumless UK band play their first U.S. show. My anticipation grew as the lights at Mercury Lounge went down. Snoop Dogg started blasting through the speakers. The band was about to take the stage, and I knew they were going to rip things up. Then I saw them. Could these kids be them? They seemed so young. Then they started playing. They weren't moving around very much (then again, neither was the crowd). I imagined a crazy stage show. Didn't happen. Two songs in I wondered what all the hype was about. The third song was their hit. I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor sounded good. Then either they or I warmed up. By the fourth song I no longer cared about their age or their stage show. The songs were tight. The songs were good. Their singer was personable and funny. Now I know why they're signed to Domino in the UK and Epic in the US. Arctic Monkeys are just getting started. Have an open mind, forget about who you think they sound like, and I don't think you'll be disappointed. (Nov 15, 2005)

Arctic Monkeys @ Mercury Lounge

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Comments (30)

wow some of them DO look like they are 16

Posted by wes | November 16, 2005 3:02 AM

bv, need an mp3?

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2005 9:10 AM

Do I go see Arctic Monkeys or Jeff Tweedy?

Posted by brassbonanza | November 16, 2005 10:23 AM

tweedy.

Posted by HonkMyDong | November 16, 2005 10:26 AM

i was there tight band alex is 19 the others are 20 and 19 also

i t will take a bit,but alex is himself

he's no pete d
the monkeys have a bright future

Posted by djlp | November 16, 2005 10:52 AM

I thought they were great. Wish I got there earlier. Never before have I seen the Mercury so crowded.

Posted by Coolfer | November 16, 2005 11:34 AM

Does Alex ever say, "Are you ready Arctic Monkeys?" If not, I'm going to be VERY disappointed.

Posted by jerry | November 16, 2005 11:36 AM

Can't wait to see them tonight. Wow, they're that young? Looking forward to checking out and Surefire too. i'm liking thier myspace songs.

Posted by jan | November 16, 2005 11:40 AM

my question is, how do harlem shakes keep getting these amazing opening slots? they were better last night than their awful show with the go-team at southpaw, but not by much.

Posted by bill p | November 16, 2005 11:41 AM

i was there and the show last night was definitely tight and one of the best live shows ive seen in awhile in nyc...didnt need to leave after hearing a couple songs......even though the crowd wasnt rockin since it was mostly industry you could feel the energy.....

Posted by adc | November 16, 2005 11:47 AM

my god, the harlem shakes are the worst band in the world.

Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2005 12:38 PM

Anyone who saw the Go! Team earlier this year at Southpaw knows that the Harlem Shakes are at most the 2nd worst band in the world. The Apes were MUCH worse...

Posted by birdboy | November 16, 2005 12:40 PM

Holy Shit! FREE TICKETS! THERE IS A GOD!

http://newyork.craigslist.org/brk/tix/111696618.html

Posted by adc | November 16, 2005 2:14 PM

The Monkeys last night was one of my favorite live shows of the year, I just can't get over how these kids have been able to master the art of rocking amazing music before any of them shave.

BRILLIANT!!

Posted by cheersevans | November 16, 2005 3:09 PM

shoulda been at the bowery last night, now *that* was a crazy show. the audience was nuts.

Posted by h | November 17, 2005 6:04 PM

the go team are the best band in the world, followed by the harlem shakes, followed by the apes.

Posted by echo | November 19, 2005 3:20 PM

They are signed to Domino worldwide. Get your facts straight.

Posted by Kris | November 19, 2005 7:19 PM

According to the article I link to above, "The Sheffield lads have also signed a £725,000 deal with Epic in America confirming that excitement around them is global."

Is it true? Is it just for distribution? It's not real clear. When I wrote it, I thought it meant they were signed to Epic.

Posted by brooklynvegan | November 20, 2005 1:53 AM

the epic deal seems to be for publishing. but they did sign a deal with epic, so, lighten up, kris, and read the link.

Posted by Anonymous | November 20, 2005 11:57 AM

The Epic deal for A.M. is the same type that allows Franz Ferdinand (also a Domino band) to be distributed through Sony channels in the US and elsewhere. You'll see the Domino logo displayed on all product.

I love when fake "authorities" show up on the internet and spout crap. Now Kris can go back to his NME collection and bone up on more label trivia. Maybe Pitchfork has printed something vaguely misleading this week that he can "correct".

Posted by Kris Needs To Chill | November 20, 2005 2:32 PM

"Does Alex ever say, "Are you ready Arctic Monkeys?" If not, I'm going to be VERY disappointed."

Was that a Modern Lover's reference?

I think I am missing something.

Posted by Greg | November 21, 2005 3:17 PM

Just because it says so on some shitty website, doesn't make it so. I mean, who the fuck are www.gigwise.com? Some Downedinsound wannabes, if you ask me.

There was far too much label scum from far too many US major labels at the LA show for there to be a deal done, I can tell you that much.

So, if you want to stake your credibility on www.gigwise.com and when the band either stay with Domino OR end up with another major, then feel free.

Posted by Hector Savage | November 21, 2005 9:59 PM

thanx arctic monkeys.... i think im in love! xxxxxxx
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Posted by *rachybaby* | January 22, 2006 8:54 AM

Gigwise is a far bigger and better organisation than drowned in sound. if hector savage knew anything, he would know that gigwise has a much higher readership and is much more respected within the uk music industry.

Posted by randy andy pandy | January 27, 2006 5:21 PM

i was at this show and saw the shakes open and i didn't hate them but i wasn't blown away. but i just saw them open for the fiery furnaces this friday...they weren't dressed like strokes this time... and they have a new guitarist and a bunch of new songs and now i understand all the hype. it was fucking unbelievable.

Posted by benlevy | February 14, 2006 2:03 AM

i just googled the shakes and found this. i don't know what the deal is with these comments. granted, i never saw them before last night and they introduced a new guitarist, but that was the craziest, most exciting rock show i've seen in new york city since the arcade fire at summerstage. the crowd went nuts and they sound like mowtown, pixies and the strokes in one.

Posted by harrison | April 9, 2006 5:14 PM

The arctic monkeys are huge here in the uk! its a shame that they wont be playing much gigs here theis year! they are amazing live!! and the lyrics are beautifull! plus alex thankfully hasnt turned into a rock dick head which indicates they will be rocking our sock for a long time to come!! long live the arctic monkeys xxx

Posted by sadie | May 7, 2006 9:50 AM

The arctic monkeys are huge here in the uk! its a shame that they wont be playing much gigs here theis year! they are amazing live!! and the lyrics are beautifull! plus alex thankfully hasnt turned into a rock dick head which indicates they will be rocking our sock for a long time to come!! long live the arctic monkeys xxx

Posted by sadie | May 7, 2006 9:52 AM

The arctic monkeys are huge here in the uk! its a shame that they wont be playing much gigs here theis year! they are amazing live!! and the lyrics are beautifull! plus alex thankfully hasnt turned into a rock dick head which indicates they will be rocking our sock for a long time to come!! long live the arctic monkeys xxx

Posted by sadie | May 7, 2006 9:54 AM

I'm in love with these guys, i liked them before they were even very famous... and i shall love them forever and ever

Posted by Clair | October 28, 2006 5:18 AM

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