In Review

Parker Willis - Managing Editor

Parker Willis – Managing Editor

Parker Willis

The British invasion is not over. Yet another English band has crossed the Atlantic to invade the brains of Americans.

The newest addition to the list of British bands stealing the hearts of unsuspecting Americans is the Arctic Monkeys.

After releasing its debut album, Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not, last month the album quickly became the fastest-selling debut record in U.K. history; it sold 360,000 copies in its first week.

And now, the Arctic Monkeys are already being compared to Oasis and the Strokes, the most recent bands from United Kingdom. And I can see why. I have had the CD for only two days now, and I’m already hearing this quartet’s lyrics ringing in my head.

“Because all you people are Vampires. And all your stories are stale. I know you pretend to stand by us. I know you’re certain we’ll fail.”

What wonderful lyrics; it’s like they’re predicting their own downfall. And they aren’t even on top yet.

Then there is the band’s tribute to two-faced people and hookers, called “When the Sun Goes Down.” If you have any questions about this band go online and check out the video to this song, and you’ll be convinced.

This CD is laced with deep lyrics, that reign true on multiple levels. Not to mention the fact the music is purely guitar driven.

It took a couple of times of listening to the CD all the way through for me to catch the band’s timing. But just like so many TV shows on now days, once I caught the timing I couldn’t stop listening.

I went into Hastings looking for something new from an old favorite and found nothing. I took a chance on this CD, and I was not disappointed.

Too much music on the radio has the same sound and the same hollow lyrics, but that’s not what you’re going to find here.

The Arctic Monkeys are already becoming one of the most downloaded musicians on the Web right now, which isn’t saying much since the song they beat out was “My Humps.”

Critics are already saying this band will help revolutionize the way we listen to music.

They stayed true to their roots and went with an independent record label instead of selling out to a major record company.

These guys are about the music not the money, and that’s what we need more of in a world ran by corporations.