Arctic Monkeys Live Review
iTunes Festival, London Roundhouse 06/07/11
The Arctic Monkeys swung by Camden’s Roundhouse to showcase a bunch of songs from their new chart-topping album Suck It And See, as well as playing past favourites from their other chart-topping albums too.
The new material was instantly embraced by a rowdy crowd that moshed and sweated to new tunes such as Library Pictures and recent single Don’t Sit Down ‘Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair.
Despite keeping between song banter to a minimum, Alex Turner excited the audience even more after She’s Thunderstorms by coolly stating, “that was from the new Arctic Monkeys album Suck It And See. We’ll have more of that later on but for now…’ before the Sheffield four-piece launched into fans’ favourite Teddy Picker.
New songs Brick By Brick and The Hellcat Spangled Shalalala also had the audience moving and proving to be new classics in the band’s very impressive catalogue of boy-rock anthems that girls love too.
What sets the teenage-tycoons apart from their peers is when they rock - they really do rock. They blistered through aggressive renditions of crowd favourites Brianstorm, I Bet You Look Good On The Dance Floor and The View From The Afternoon before Turner encouraged a impassioned crowd sing-a-long during When The Sun Goes Down that very nearly brought the Roundhouse’s round roof down.
The crowd, who were by this time drenched with sweat and lager, was treated to a special send off when Miles Kane – who earlier had supported the band – came back onstage to lend his musical talents to a rousing version of 505.