On Dec. 9, the fourth single to promote Arctic Monkey‘s fifth LP, “AM” will be the track “One for the Road.” And today the British rockers released the droning, bass-driven B-side, “You’re So Dark.”
With references to “The Munsters,” creator of Cthulhu H.P. Lovecraft and Edgar Allen Poe’s raven, this catchy tune lives up to its name and its sound. It’s an old school revisiting of classic, campy horror. Vincent price is bobbing his head enthusiastically with earbuds in, six feet under, right now — can’t you just feel it?
The Arctic Monkeys have seen their hardest and commercially hitting release reach great heights, even being placed on NME’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. The only legitimate complaint anyone can really lodge at this point is their decision not to include this song on the album… but we live in a digital age, so just add it to the queue, pour some absinthe and stream “The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari” or “Nosferatu” and pretend life is simple again.
What really stands out on this song, and this can really be said of much of Arctic Monkeys’ work, is their pairing of bass lines and drums — highly beat/groove-centric. Since their first album “Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not” made sonic waves in 2006, their superhuman ability has been to make searing rock anthems with minimal distortion, but big, heavy sounds. What started as a band of angry kids lashing out at the injustices of the musical world in their English hometown and not being taken seriously has turned them into a very serious, respectable indie staple. Arctic Monkeys have become more polished, more mature and more thoughtful, both lyrically and instrumentally.
James Garcia is a community reporter at the Loveland Reporter-Herald and a new blogger at Reverb.