As the opening riff of ‘Do I Wanna Know’ plays I thought to myself, ‘Well they’ve played their best song first, so what next?’ And boy was there a next.
A surreal stage saw fog dancing around the pastel strobes, illuminating the members of Sheffield band Arctic Monkeys. Lead vocalist Alex Turner’s distinctive voice is a time-capsule to an era of English garage-rock, but still puts a modern flair on a classic genre.
Playing all the hits from the release of their 2018 album, ‘Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino’ including ‘Four Out of Five’, ‘Science Fiction’ and ‘Star Treatment’ which saw an ovation for Matt Helders’ captivating drum solo. Then throwing it back to the ‘I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor’ and the ever-seductive ‘Arabella’.
This was not a gig you wanted to watch from the seated section, with every urge of my body wanting to stand on my seat. Evidently, it wasn’t just me having the same idea, with the entire crowd eventually giving in and dancing the night away. As the night went on a UFO-like object lowered, casting beautiful shadows on band. A truly timeless look.
The encore begged the questions ‘Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?’ and ‘R U Mine?’
And while these were never answered, they did respond to one doubt. This post-punk revival is here to stay.
WORDS Eden Tokatly
IMAGES (c) Leisure Lane Photography