Arctic Monkeys
Five Minutes With Arctic Monkeys


5.0
classic

Review

by Senor_Whippy USER (22 Reviews)
October 6th, 2005 | 25 replies | 11,424 views


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist


1 of 1 thought this review was well written

Arctic Monkeys are the most talked about new band in Britain and when you hear this you'll understand why.Not only is 'Five minutes with...' the fastest selling British ep of 2005 (If you wanna buy it you'll have to cough up 30 on Ebay) but it's also brilliant.Not only because it's packed full of Punk rock passion and witty lyrics,but it's impossible to fit it in any genre.There's everything from Indie,Punk,Funk,Hip Hop and Art Rock in their sound.This is their first ep which was released back in June this year whlist the band were unsigned.It was limited to 500 copies so good luck in finding it.

The Band:
Alex Turner (Guitar/Vocals)
Jamie Cooke (Guitar)
Andy Nicholson (Bass)
Matt Helders (Drums)

1.Fake Tales Of San Fransico (3:01)
Think Gang of four jamming with The Streets and you've got 'Fake tales of San Franciso'.Starting off with a short and fast drum intro before some spikey Guitars and funky Bass kicks in.It's a real winner and has a fantasic live feel throughout.The lyrics take a stab at the recent rise of British bands jumping on the 'guitar music' bandwagon.Turner's lyrics' are often hirallous (''You're not from new york city you're from Rotherham''),witty (''But his bird thinks it's amazing through,so all that's left,is the proof that loves not only blind but deaf'') to commanding (''Get off the bandwagon and put down the handbook).After the second chorus the band crank their amps up and go for the big rock finish before slowly fading away with soft Guitar picking and light drum breaks. 9/10

2.From The Ritz To The Rubble (3:11)
Have you ever had your face nearly smashed to pieces by a doorman? Well Alex Turner has and he's even written a song about it.Starting off with Alex rapping (He's pretty good at it too) over some fuzzy guitar chords,the song quickly turns into a trashy and shambolic art rock stomper.Yet again,Turner's lyrics are amazing (''This town's a different town today,this town's a different town to what it was last night'') and even quite heartfelt (''Last night what we talked about it made so much sense but now the haze has ascended it don't make sense anymore'').Like the first track,'...to the rumble' goes for that big rock finish again but this time with added Bass guitar.It doesn't pack the same punch as the last track but it's still a winner. 8/10

Overall:
2006 is gonna belong to Arctic Monkeys.Not since the first Oasis tour back in 93' has a new band been embraced so greatly and you know what?, they desevre every bit of it.'5 Minutes with...' is a fantasic battle cry from Britain's (if not the world's) best new band.It may take a while to track down and it will also leave you a little unimpressed on it's first listen,but after 2 or 3 spins you'll love it.

Pros:
+Great guitar work
+Witty and smart lyrics
+Incredibly British

Cons:
-It's a pain to track down

Download:
Fake Tales Of San Fransicso
From The Ritz To The Rubble....so just download the whole thing.

Website:
www.arcticmonkeys.com
www.ilovethesheriff.com (free early demos)

Thanks For Reading!



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Med57
Moderator
October 6th 2005



1001 Comments


I can't find the art to this on Ebay, the band's site, RYM or allmusic...google gives me nothing either. :- I really dislike what I've heard by these guys so far personally, but I haven't heard this EP, for obvious reasons.

Senor_Whippy
October 7th 2005



367 Comments


Yeah the title really is '5 Minutes with...' and Med57,some copies of the ep came with just a blank plain white vinyl cover so if you can find of those that'd be fine.

2muchket!
October 7th 2005



900 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

These guys are pretty good I've heard great things plus a song called I bet you look good on the dance floor which is good.

F**k Forever
October 7th 2005



19 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Nice little review there mate.I love the Arctics and I can't wait for the album in Feb next year.

Senor_Whippy
October 7th 2005



367 Comments


I know how you feel my friend,it's gonna be 4 long and painful months.

innerdark
October 18th 2005



749 Comments


yet another kick ass band to come out of bonnie scotland ( they're aberdonian)

ocelot-05
October 18th 2005



807 Comments


Holy crap Senor Whippy. You overtook me. I remember you were like 150 before and now you're 34. Well done. I probably would have gotten further had I written more reviews lately, but my comp has been down. You have inspired me to get off my butt and right a review.

Senor_Whippy
October 21st 2005



367 Comments


I'm happy to help ocelot-05.I look forward to seeing your review.

Final Origin
October 24th 2005



343 Comments


They deserved to be number 1 by a long shot compared to the other crap that is aways hanging around in the top 10 (The Pussycat Dolls, Daniel Powter just to name a few..), they will only last this week since the charts are so unfair IMO.

Senor_Whippy
October 24th 2005



367 Comments


I don't really care much for the Top 10 but when I heard Arctic Monkeys had gone to #1 I cried.I've been backing them since day one and the past few weeks have been amazing for them.They've gone from been a cult Indie band to been the hottest band in the world.Long live Arctic Monkeys.This Message Edited On 10.24.05

innerdark
October 24th 2005



749 Comments


yes, may the revolution start now!!!!!!!!!!

2muchket!
October 24th 2005



900 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Did you say Febuary when their debut comes out. These four months are gonna be hell. Also for once I actually paid attention than the contrived charts. For oncea band who deserve it are on top. Plus I bet you look good on the dance floor IS the best single of the year This Message Edited On 10.24.05

Senor_Whippy
October 24th 2005



367 Comments


Damn right Mr. Amsterdam.That and Franz Ferdinand's 'Do you want you' are both strong contenders for single of the year This Message Edited On 10.24.05

2muchket!
October 26th 2005



900 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This news I think is typical of the how c*** the industry has become. Those puppets westlife have been selling 3 times more than the arctic monkeys and look set to nock them off the top. That is the biggest load of b******* I bet you look good on the dancefloor is easily one of the best singles of they year. Oh and I'd say i'm an indie kid still dnt get picked last tho

Senor_Whippy
October 26th 2005



367 Comments


Originally Posted By Mr Amsterdam
This news I think is typical of the how c*** the industry has become. Those puppets westlife have been selling 3 times more than the arctic monkeys and look set to nock them off the top. That is the biggest load of b******* I bet you look good on the dancefloor is easily one of the best singles of they year. Oh and I'd say i'm an indie kid still dnt get picked last tho


Yeah that's a bit of a bummer but it's still great to see a Guitar band topping the charts.So what if Westlife are gonna get to #1 no one will care (apart from a few 6 year old girls) but if an Indie do it,the world wobbles on it's axis.

Final Origin
October 26th 2005



343 Comments


Buying albums is more enjoyable as you get like all the accessories and cool stuff that comes with it, downloading is just songs, you're not feeling any excitement over it compared to buying it for real.

Med57
Moderator
October 26th 2005



1001 Comments


In response to whoever said that you can only get banned for offensive spam, I'd start reevaluating your opinion, as I'm quite happy to ban people for spamming at all (I have been doing that, actually). Is this a single or an EP? I'll let it stay on if it isn't an EP, if for no other reason than the fact that it's been here for a while, but in future, only review EPs, albums, or DVDs please. Thanks.

Senor_Whippy
October 26th 2005



367 Comments


It's an Ep med57 it was 3 weeks when I added and it still is mate

Senor_Whippy
October 26th 2005



367 Comments


It's down on record as an Ep know please people that's enough

2muchket!
November 1st 2005



900 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Oh I heard The arctic monkeys on later with jools holland from the ritz to the rubble was amazing as too was I bet you look good on the dancefloor.



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