By Fernando Lara
After an extended hiatus of 5 years, The Monkeys are back by presenting their 6th studio album - Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino - that shows a softer version of the band and a lot more of its multi talented frontman, Alex Turner. Toronto is the stadium show capital of Canada and could not be missed by the indie, neo-punk danceable UK’s band.
One could not believe that Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not was released only 12 years ago, becoming the fastest selling debut album in British history. Back in 2006, Arctic Monkeys was the band that was making fans jump in every show across the country with fast drum beats and aggressive guitar riffs, perfectly suited to Alex’s complex lyrics. With Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino people dance to the melodies that are mainly created with only a piano and a shorter but tastier selection of Turner’s sentences.
The performance at the Scotiabank Arena presented the new era of Arctic Monkeys, beginning with the new album’s first single Four Out of Five which is charged with class and elegance specifically on the bass line. Afterward, the hit song of 2013’s AM, Do I Wanna Know? made the whole arena immediately go crazy and without leaving space to any doubt, the band played Brianstorm followed by I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor just to let everyone know that the new Arctic Monkeys wear suits and sound classic, their music is wild, spectacular, endearing and refined, they are here again and they are giving everything on stage.
There is still a debate among fans that love the new material and fans that support older albums. The setlist was carefully crafted to please everyone with the best 5 songs of the new album and finishing with Snap Out of It and R U Mine?
Apparently, the only constant in Arctic Monkeys’ musical journey is that there is no constant. The only thing that has not changed is that they are still not attached to any ephemeral fashion, nor a given label
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