all words: Dana Mahr
all photos: Jason Bender
Arctic Monkeys entered the stage to a screaming sold out crowd at Rams Head Live on Saturday night. With a gathering ranging from young to very old, the crowd was more than energetic as they sang along to every utter the band of four from the UK delivered.
Arctic Monkeys have an old-soul rock n’ roll kind of sound, breaking the new trends of electronic dance or indie that seem to prosper with today’s generation. They have a timeless sound that could age with the listener, as it has for many fans since 2002. The rock n’ roll vibe was fitting for singer Alex Turner’s Johnny Cash style hair and western shirt, the rest of the band casual in jeans and a t-shirt.
Backed by a killer light show, the music demanded movement from those resting in the stands, those crowding the balcony and more specifically those downstairs in the pit, an entranced mob, jumping and dancing to the beat. They played all the hits, old and new, each song provoking blood curdling screams from every underage miss in the room. A much more agreeable teen crush than some others making their way to the radio waves.
They played, they teased the crowd, enticed us, thrilled us and left us stomping and begging for an encore. Alas, mercy they showed, to reenter the stage and finish us off with favorites like ‘When the Sun Goes Down.’
Arctic Monkeys will finish their U.S. tour with the Smith Westerns this Wednesday and will finish their tour in Europe without S.W. due to an emergency family matter.