My iPod #133: Arctic Monkeys – Brianstorm

I’ve said enough about “Favourite Worst Nightmare”, I talked about it in previous posts. This was the Arctic Monkeys’ burst back into the limelight, even though they really hadn’t been far from it for any long period of time.

They had released “Leave Before the Lights Come On” in early 2006, they played at the Reading and Leeds Festivals too and everyone ranging from the public to the NME were so excited about the band from Sheffield that they didn’t stop talking about them. “Oh, that Alex Turner is some lyricist.” “That band is so cool”. It never ended.

Then came 2007 and the news that the band’s next album would be ready. Would they sound the same? Would their songs still be about nights out and drinking at the weekend? “Brianstorm” answered both questions with a firm ‘no’. The band sounded bolder, it packed more of punch, the drumming during the introduction was crazy and the guitars delivered at full force but it was still those same four guys who gave us “I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor” a year before. Except the big-boned bassist who left, he was replaced.

“Brianstorm” is not a misspelling of the word ‘brainstorm’. The guys actually wrote the song about a person called Brian, who they met on tour one time and didn’t really like. It’s not my favourite song on “Favourite Worst Nightmare”, but that’s only because I’d heard it and seen the video so many times before the album was released to the public that it wasn’t as exciting anymore. However, it was the perfect song to get pumped up to as the release date came closer.

Until tomorrow.



Author: Jamie Kyei Manteaw

An English student at Coventry University who spends most days listening to music (old and new) and reading and writing about it, however informal it may be. And studying too, obviously.

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