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Last month, Arctic Monkeys released their latest album Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino and shocked us with a sonic shift toward jazz and science fiction. During an appearance at Live at the BBC, they surprised us again by travelling back in time by performing their 2006 hit and first-ever single “I Bet You Look Good On the Dancefloor.”
Alex Turner is a stylistic chameleon, trading in AM’s all-American biker jackets for bell bottoms, wire-frame gradient lenses, and gold chain necklace to complete his That ’70s Show vibe. Even though the frontman transitioned from guitar to the keys for Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino, he revived his strumming skills during the Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not banger “I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor.” The familiar ferocious riffs and spitfire lyrics are a different change of pace from the atmospheric ambience of their latest single, “Four Out Of Five,” which they also performed.
Arctic Monkeys’ set at the BBC Radio 1 Maida Vale Studios in London felt like a major throwback with distorted TV broadcast effects and a tracklist of some oldies but goodies. The English rockers performed other classics like “Cornerstone,” “R U Mine,” and “Do I Wanna Know?” alongside their most recent releases “One Point Perspective” and “Star Treatment.”
While the entire 30-minute set is only available in the U.K., the Arctic Monkeys can’t be missed on their tour in support of Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino which starts May 22. The indie rock band will be stopping through Canada for Montreal’s Osheaga on August 4, the Air Canada Centre on August 5, and Vancouver at the Pacific Coliseum on October 25.