Arctic Monkeys play NYC for the first time in four years

With their new album ‘TRANQUILITY BASE HOTEL + CASINO’ landing today the boys were doing the rounds and played New York on Wednesday night (9thof May), their first NYC show since the sell-out of Madison Square Garden in 2014.

The band, with their new look and new music, also sold out the intimate Brooklyn Steel within a mere matter of seconds and gave the fans a taste of what’s to come when they debuted five new tracks.

Cameron Avery, Tame Impala, opened the show for the Sheffield four-piece and joined the band on stage for the new songs as he actually features on the new album. A spectacle openly welcomed by the eagerly awaiting fans. 

While this gig was more catered to the die-hards, 1,800 of them, the band, after opening the set with a collection of Arctic Monkeys classics, dropped some of the new work from their new album. You might say this is one of the biggest and most drastic changes the band has made from the days of ‘Favourite Worst Nightmare’ and some might even say that they have completely lost the AM feel.

That being said, the fans were more than happy to get a first-hand listen to their new sound along with a mix of unforgettable, bouncy and dam right frenetic tracks such as ‘I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor’, ‘Brianstorm’ and ‘Crying Lighting’.

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The change in style isn’t a surprise as Alex Turner while being interviewed by Annie Mac on BBC Radio 1, was asked if he ever goes back and listens to his old work and replied with:

“I think sometimes that can be helpful. In preparation for going on tour, we flicked through some of our old records,” he said. “There were a few lyrics that went by where I thought [wincing noise], ‘Don’t know what you were thinking there. Probably leave that one out now”

A clear indication that the band is evolving the AM typecast into sometime new and very much different, but you could say that with each record they release. However, Alex has likened it to their debut album, so it’s one for the fans to decide really.

When asked whether he thinks the record is lyrically the closest thing he’s ever written to the band’s first, Alex replied:

“Absolutely I do, absolutely. I can’t put my finger on exactly why I think that, but I have been saying it a lot recently.”

“It’s set in a completely different place, obviously, but there’s something in the lyrics that reminds me of something in that writing,” Turner argued.

“I’m tempted to say that it’s something to do with how blunt it is. I think that was something I was trying to get away from, and perhaps I’ve returned to it now.”

The new album, available on most digital and traditional formats, has had no lead-up tracks dropped beforehand and fans hearing it first time around will have to take it in its entirety, but this one will be classed a “grower”.

Arctic Monkeys at Brooklyn Steel – 9TH of May Setlist

Do I Wanna Know?
Crying Lightning
Don’t Sit Down ‘Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair
Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?
Four Out of Five
The Hellcat Spangled Shalalala
I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor
One Point Perspective
American Sports
Snap Out of It
You’re So Dark
Pretty Visitors
Knee Socks
One for the Road

She Looks Like Fun
R U Mine?