photos by Chris La Putt
Screaming Females / Arctic Monkeys
When Arctic Monkeys' first single went to No 1 in 2005, everyone had a bash at trying to define them. Alex Turner was crowned the coolest person in the world and the young four-piece were variously described as the sound of young Sheffield, Yorkshire's answer to the Streets, and the first internet superstars.The Arctic Monkeys and Screaming Females played their first of two shows together at NYC's Terminal 5 last night (12/10). They do it again tonight (Friday). The headliner's setlist ("Last Christmas" included) and more pictures from Thursday's gig, below...
Barely four years later and these portrayals seem myopically quaint. The Monkeys have made the big leap; they are undeniably an International Rock Band. Better still, three albums down the line they have managed it while staying true to themselves and without becoming formulaic. Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not reeked of hometown late-night drinking escapades, thwarted attempts at pulling and kitchen-sink dramas. Their latest, Humbug, recorded in the Californian desert with Josh Homme, reveals a more mature, assured band.
[Guardian names Arctic Monkeys newcovers of the Decade]
Arctic Monkeys @ Terminal 5, NY - 12/10/09 (setlist) (via)
The Jeweller's Hands
This House is a Circus
Still Take You Home
Red Right Hand (Nick Cave cover)
I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor
The View from the Afternon
If You Were There, Beware
Do Me a Favour
Fluorescent Adolescent -> Last Christmas (cover) -> Fluorescent Adolescent