Arctic Monkeys rock Lupo’s

A review of Arctic Monkeys at Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel on September 6, 2007

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These days, young lads from Sheffield are shuffling off to University the same as American students. Yet as their former schoolmates begin classes, Alex Turner, Matt Helders, Jamie Cook, and Nick O’Malley are hitting the road on this side of the Atlantic to support their band. Such is the life for British superstars Arctic Monkeys, who hit Providence’s Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel last Thursday night.

When people begin to talk about Artic Monkeys, most seem to forget just how young these guys are. Instead, we all tend to focus on how the English quartet’s debut album Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not became the fastest-selling debut in British history and winner of the UK’s prestigious Mercury Prize last year. The band quickly followed up with this year’s Favourite Worst Nightmare, proving that a sophomore slump is not in the cards for a band whose average age is 21.

Arctic Monkeys hit the stage with “This House Is A Circus” before the faithful crowd quickly joined in next for “Brainstorm.” What followed was a straight-up rock show of 19 songs, split with material from both albums, in a quick 70-minute set. The band has cited Oasis as a big influence, and the band’s live show does show proof of that. Lead singer/guitarist Alex Turner, who first addressed the crowd by stopping “Still Take You Home” at the bridge was in good form, though left the stage banter to a minimum.&

The band’s authentic energy enticed the frenzied crowd to clap, sing, jump, and dance throughout the set. Early highlights included “From the Ritz to Rubble” and “Fake Tales of San Francisco,” both off Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not. A 1-2 punch of the band’s breakthrough hit, “I Bet That You Look Good on the Dancefloor” and the band’s latest single, “Fluorescent Adolescent,” was met with joyous sing-along.

Guitarist Jamie Cook stood out during “D is for Dangerous” while drummer Matthew Helders led the way though “If You Were There, Beware.” Bassist Nick O’ Malley, who replaced original bass player Andy Nicholson at the height of the band’s accension into stardom last year, held down the rhythm section. They shined colelctively through an extended jam on “Leave Before the Lights.” Bypassing an ecnore break, the band powered the end of the set with the brilliantly comical “When The Sun Goes Down,” which the crowd passionatly sang along too, before closing out with “A Certain Romance.”

Overall, Arctic Monkeys delivered a quality show from a band that has loads of untapped potential, which is remarkable considering what they have accomplished so far at such a young age.

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