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Arctic Monkeys

Arctic Monkeys

Sheffield, England's Arctic Monkeys began when teenaged neighbors Alex Turner and Jamie Cook received guitars for Christmas 2001; soon, the pair was rehearsing with school friends Andy Nicholson (bass) and Matt Helders (drums). They began playing locally in mid-2003 and soon began handing out CD-R demos to fans, who took it upon themselves to file-share the songs. This in turn bolstered Arctic Monkeys' fan base, which was further consolidated when the music was uploaded onto a fan-created MySpace page for the band. British fans were especially impressed with Turner's thickly-accented vocals and pointed lyrical style, which commented on British youth culture and mores.

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