The Great Apes

When the spotty youths of Arctic Monkeys arrived on the eager-but-fickle British music scene via a digital grassroots campaign, they were heralded as the latest incarnation of The Type of Band Brits Love to Love -- i.e. of northern, working-class stock (read: Oasis, The Smiths). Their first album, Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not, was the fastest-selling debut in UK history, yielding two hit singles and massive buzz. Stateside success has never quite materialized for the Monkeys; references to "mardy bums" and "chavs" may have had something to do with the disconnect. However, they've got the support of our 17-year-old, disgruntled Irish cousin, which is enough for us.
Fri., Sept. 21, 6:30 p.m., 2007
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Niamh Wallace