On the scene for a decade now, the Monkeys’ American fan base is relatively small compared to in the U.K., their homeland, where they’re a really big deal. The band’s Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not was the fastest selling debut in British history, outselling chart vets Oasis.If you’re unaware of the Monkeys, be prepared: They sound very little like The Black Keys. Heralded as leaders of the U.K. Post-Punk revival, Alex Turner and Co. make a noise akin to what The Clash and Sex Pistols were doing 40 years ago. Jolting guitars and screamed, feisty lyrics make up much of The Arctic Monkeys’ four albums and that should make for a perfectly wild and rowdy warm up to the Keys’ headlining set.
THE ARCTIC MONKEYS play Friday, March 1 at the U.S. Bank Arena with headliners The Black Keys. Buy tickets, check out performance times and get venue details here.