The Arctic Monkeys @ Sydney Entertainment Centre
The Arctic Monkeys remain one of the true rock bands of the last decade or so, with five studio albums under the belt. They are touring the country for the first time since the release of their already acclaimed new record AM, and they made a stop at the Sydney Entertainment Centre for a sold out set on Tuesday night.
The set they played was probably not what most expected or came to see. They started out with Do I Wanna Know, hyping up the crowd sufficiently, and suggesting that a hard-core, energetic show was to come. What we actually got was almost the opposite. With the exception of always crowd-pleasing I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor, the whole set was super chilled and very mellow, quite reflective of a lot of the tracks on from AM.
Lead singer and guitarist Alex Turner chatted with the audience between particular songs, the band played extended intros for a couple of slow tracks, and ended up playing a set that would’ve probably shocked many who came expecting to hear many tracks from the band’s first and arguably most well-know record Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not.
However, to say the crowd was disappointed would be grossly inaccurate. By centering the show around a number of ballads like Cornerstone from their third and most melancholy album Humbug, The Arctic Monkeys proved that despite having a tried and tested formula for success; they are one of the most diverse and accomplished rock bands around. Their three-song encore was never in doubt which featured Why’d You Only Call Me When Your High, I Wanna Be Yours and R U Mine, which left audiences hoarse but immensely satisfied.
- Zanda Wilson