@ZackTeibloom We’ve got an intriguing battle between bands with a lot in common in our second match-up of round one. They’re both European. Both indie/alternative bands who had a meteoric rise after a few years of relative obscurity. Both played ACL this year and we’ve seen both at several festivals over the years. For this year’s entry, we chose each band’s first single on their recent albums, both of which happen to open Bankrupt! and AM. I’m more of a Phoenix, and I’ll defend them in this post, but I may love this Arctic Monkeys track just as much, if not more. Can’t wait to see what happens in this one.
@AndyShore The Arctic Monkeys have been one of my favorites since their debut album was shattering all the Beatles records in the UK. “Do I Wanna Know?” is a decent departure from their punk rock roots, but I enjoy this new wrinkle for them. Alex Turner leads the Arctic Monkeys with a swagger that especially oozes from this track. It also turned around a rainy day at Lollapalooza 2011. After being poured on and having their set delayed, Turned and the band took the stage spitting hits out in rapid fire and knocked our wet socks off. Listen, I love Phoenix. I really, really do. In this matchup, I’m picking the band that showed me something new and I still loved it over the band that did what I’ve always loved (and still do).
@ZackTeibloom It’s a nice slowed down version of AM and I dig it. They played especially fast that rainy day in 2011 that Andy brings up, playing their entire set in 25 blistering minutes. They’re showing some growth, but I’d argue that Arctic Monkeys at their best don’t touch Phoenix in the middle of their groove. I love the asian-twinged opening and while the album itself may have been a bit of a slow one to grow on me, I loved “Entertainment” from the first play. Those fuzzy guitars, the falsetto Thomas, the breakdown after “I’d rather be alone.” It all works. Phoenix over Arctic Monkeys every time. Sorry, Brett.