Simian Blood On The Dancefloor

March 18, 2006

It was said that the Arctic Monkeys show as part of the Domino showcase was going to be the hardest gig to get into of the entire conference, maybe even more than THE MORRISSEY. But this chatter only created a weird psychology so that since no one thought they could get in, they didn't even try — making it relatively easy to get into if you came early enough, though one FADER staffer had to briefly become a member of the Fiery Furnaces to do so. Eschewing private parties and other unofficial events, this was the Arctic Monkeys' sole performance at SXSW and lead-singer Alex Turner still had problems with it. "This is everything a gig isn't supposed to be," he said early on, but most of his ire seemed to be reserved for the phalanx of photographers lining the
front of stage for the first three songs. Testy, troublesome, excitable and fun, the Monks ended up delivering a great hour long set, where more well-known tracks like "Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor" and "When The Sun Goes Down" were shuffled to the center of the setlist. "I'm happy, it may not seem like it, but I'm happy," Turner said towards the end. Who knows if he meant it or not, but we at least
left smiling.

Posted: March 18, 2006
Simian Blood On The Dancefloor