Have you heard of the Arctic Monkeys? Your response: If your from the US, probably not. If your from the UK, who hasn't.
Exactly a month ago The Actic Monkeys released"Whatever People Say I am, That's What I'm Not," their first indie album in the UK. This became the fast selling debut-album in UK history (outselling the rest of the top 20 combined). (see BBC article, January 29 2006)
How'd they do that? Well, I first heard this story on NPR's program "All Things Considered" (that NPR story can be heard here, February 22 2006). They give credit to their grass roots efforts, namely handing out demo CDs when they performed...as a result, people put this music online. (Myspace anyone??)
I think that the song "I Bet You Look Good on the Dance Floor" is a lot of fun. You can listen to it online at their site and a bazillion other places online.
The CD was just released in the US and who knows how successful they'll be here...they definitly have a strong British sound with a lot of slang and themes of working class Britian (I can't help but think of movies like the Full Monty were I have to use subtitles).
The NPR story pulls out some lines from their song "A Certain Romance" that I think are really funny ("Over there there's broken bones/ There's only music, so that there's new ringtones/ And it doesn’t take no Sherlock Holmes/ To see it's a little different around here").
And today was the NME awards where once again The Arctic Monkeys made history as they are the first band ever to win the Best New Band award and then go on to win Best British Band award. (The song "I bet you look Good on the Dance Floor" also won the award for "best track") (from Reuters article).
Congrats to The Arctic Monkey...let's see how they do on this side of the pond.
(I highly recommend you listen to the NPR story it gives you a good taste of their sound)