If you’ve been following the blogs in the past few months, you’ve probably already heard of Arctic Monkeys. And if you’ve heard of Arctic Monkeys, chances are you’re just as much a fan as everyone else. Not simply becuase they are good, or because they’re British, or because they have immense 2006 potential, or because they look like 12 year olds…but perhaps because they have managed to set new standards for the way a new band breaks into the indie world. Over the course of 2005, the band would frequently release studio-quality early versions of their songs…free for download. In fact, they released enough free music to actually make up an early fan-produced album, entitled Beneath The Boardwalk.
Alas, their debut album, entitled Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not, scheduled for a Jan. 30th release, has leaked. This time for real. iGIF managed to pick up the advance, so here’s the artwork and tracklisting.
As a special treat, we’ve included some of the updated, studio-quality songs from the advance: We were asked to take the files down, sorry!
1. The View From The Afternoon
2. I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor
3. Fake Tales Of San Francisco
5. You Probably Couldn’t See For The Lights But You Were Looking Straight At Me
6. Still Take You Home
7. Riot Van
Red Light Indicates Doors Are Secured
10. Perhaps Vampires Is A Bit Strong But…
When The Sun Goes Down
From Ritz To The Rubble
13. A Certain Romance
It’s evident that of the songs that were previously released in demo form, the new ones were changed in some way (postively, in my opinion). There are also a few previously unreleased tracks on their that really stand out. Look for a 2006 US tour supporting the album, and really keep your eyes peeled because I promise tickets will sell out á la CYHSY.