TJ’s Rating: Awesome
I’ve been a massive fan of the Monkeys since they were the best new band around 2005. They were the most popular and mainstream sounding of the Neo-New Wave/Garage Indie band in 2005. I remember downloading the ‘Beneath the Boardwalk’ demos and absolutely loving everything.
Three albums later, the Monkeys are back with album number four. I was completely surprised when it came out. I wasn’t expecting it. I received an e-mail in March about a new download and a forthcoming album.
On first listen, the track sounds like an extension of the Josh Homme produced material on Humbug. The song is a great listen to on headphones; the mix is made for the iPod. It’s much more immediate and mellow than the material on Humbug which I found bombastic. The Arctics are becoming more of a studio band than a riff rock band. The releases seem to be getting better and better. The focus is on Alex Turner’s vocal. Turner is writing poetry for the 21st Century. He’s written stuff like this before (see ‘Brianstorm’ and most of the first album). It’s not as literal or political as the Kinks or Blur, but Turner has his finger on the hedonistic youth of the UK. It’s got some weight to it, something that Josh Homme brought to the table on album number three. The guitars are heavy, which is a nice change from the jangle of the other singles.
‘Brick by Brick’, the teaser for the new album, was a nice little preview, but ‘Don’t Sit Down’ finds the band in new territory. The different between ‘Dancefloor’ and ‘Don’t Sit’ is huge. The Monkeys are constantly progressing and moving forward with every release. It’s a smart move in the ever-changing music world. I wouldn’t be surprised that the Monkeys would establish some kind of hybrid indie metal band. These boys want to do more than make people dance; they want to make you head bang.
They’ve stolen a few things from Homme (guitar tone, a heavier rock feel) and are totally benefiting from his help. I hope that they’ve gone this route on Suck It and See. It’s always interesting to hear what they come out with, it’s certainly better than what most American and Brit indie bands are doing. This is a smart band and they have their eye on rock mythology.