Arctic Monkeys released their first EP in May 2005, entitled Five Minutes with the Arctic Monkeys. It featured the songs "Fake Tales of San Francisco" and "From the Ritz to the Rubble".
They were the first band in history to win ShockWaves NME Award for both category Best New Band and Best British Band at the same night in 2006.
Their first gig was on June 13, 2003 at The "Grapes" in Sheffield city centre.
On the first day of release, their debut album "Whatever People Say I Am That's What I'm Not", became the fastest selling debut rock album in British history. Album also reached #1 in Ireland and Australia.
Alex Turner and Jamie Cook were neighbors in their hometown, Sheffield.
From October 2005 to July 2007, Arctic Monkeys released six singles: "I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor", "When the Sun Goes Down", "Leave Before the Lights Come On", "Brianstorm", "Matador" and "Fluorescent Adolescent".
Alex Turner: Last year on tour we were listening to a lot of Prodigy, the "…Jilted Generation" album. The way there's loads of changes and bits in songs – I think "Brianstorm" is a bit like that.
Alex Turner: I never did write about ordinary people and ordinary lives, I just wrote about what my experience was and my observations, so I just continue to do that.
Alex Turner: Every day something happens, and you're just like, "That's so weird." And that happens so many times, it's not weird anymore. It would be weird if something weird didn't happen.
Alex Turner: We used to record demos and then just burn them onto CDs and give them away at gigs. Obviously there weren't many demos available, so people used to share them on the Internet, which was a good way for every to hear it.
Matt Helders: I've always liked music, but I never thought I'd be in a band until this happened. I was probably thinking about being an actor or summat... well, when I was a little kid! I never made an effort to play an instrument or anything.
Jamie Cook: At fifteen or sixteen, some of our friends were in bands that we used to go watch, and we kind of thought it looked like an interesting thing to do. You see people in bands and you wonder how you get into that industry - it looks like a lot of trouble. But it's really quite easy to start a band up, so we knew that it could be done, and we just decided to start a band.
Alex Turner: (To the BBC on the founding of the group) It was 2002, we all got guitars for Christmas and started playing in my garage that summer, rehearsed there and in a warehouse for a bit for about a year.