Out Now: Arctic Monkeys Remain Ahead of the Game with New LP ‘The Car’ (Listen/Buy)

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Genre-defying English rock/indie stars Arctic Monkeys have defied expectations for years. After emerging in 2006 with their compelling debut album Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not, the band became a global favorite.

Seven years later brought AM, which scored the band even more notoriety on the “mainstream” scene and landed on many Best Of lists and was released to near-universal acclaim.

Despite their sound going through phases and changes along the way, front man Alex Turner and his colleagues have long maintained a definite “signature sound,” and that’s continued even through Tranquility Base + Casino, their 2018 album.

Looking back, it’s almost as if the title of that 2006 debut, Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not, was an early warning against expecting a certain style from the band … because The Car continues the group’s more recent experimentation, and pushes further away from those noisy early days.

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Today, Oct. 21, the band returns with The Car, which furthers their adventurous creative journey with another set of unpredictable songs. It was previewed first with “There’d Better Be a Mirrorball,” which set the tone accordingly:

“I Ain’t Quite Where I Think I Am” was also shared:

As a whole, The Car is another intriguing — if subdued — collection of songs from Arctic Monkeys, who remain steadfastly opposed to doing what people expect, to their credit.

Give it a listen below.

Arctic Monkeys also announced a huge 2023 tour of North America that will come on the heels of the band’s U.K. summer stadium run.

Supporting the band on the North American dates will be Fontaines D.C.,, the London-by-way-of-Ireland post-punk/indie band with mounting buzz built on the strength of an excellent new album, Skinty Fia (click here to read Rock Cellar’s recent interview with bassist Conor Deegan and get introduced to the group’s compelling sound).

The dates:

Friday, August 25, 2023 – Minneapolis, MN – The Armory
Sunday, August 27, 2023 – Chicago, IL – United Center
Tuesday, August 29, 2023 – Clarkston, MI – Pine Knob Music Theatre
Wednesday, August 30, 2023 – Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage
Saturday, September 2, 2023 – Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
Sunday, September 3, 2023 – Boston, MA – TD Garden
Tuesday, September 5, 2023 – Philadelphia, PA – TD Pavilion at the Mann
Thursday, September 7, 2023 – Columbia, MD – Merriweather Post Pavilion
Friday, September 8, 2023 – Forest Hills, NY – Forest Hills Stadium
Saturday, September 9, 2023 – Forest Hills, NY – Forest Hills Stadium
Monday, September 11, 2023 – Alpharetta, GA – Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
Tuesday, September 12, 2023 – Nashville, TN – Ascend Amphitheater
Friday, September 15, 2023 – Austin, TX – Moody Center
Saturday, September 16, 2023 – Fort Worth, TX – Dickies Arena
Monday, September 18, 2023 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Wednesday, September 20, 2023 – Salt Lake City, UT – Vivint Arena
Friday, September 22, 2023 – Seattle, WA – Climate Pledge Arena
Saturday, September 23, 2023 – Vancouver, BC – Pacific Coliseum
Sunday, September 24, 2023 – Portland, OR – Moda Center
Tuesday, September 26, 2023 – San Francisco, CA – Chase Center
Wednesday, September 27, 2023 – Sacramento, CA – Golden 1 Center
Friday, September 29, 2023 – Inglewood, CA – The KIA Forum

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