Hailing from Sheffield, England, the Arctic Monkeys gained a devoted live following soon after their formation in 2003, well before any major record labels had a clue about their existence. Released in advance of their eagerly awaited debut album, When the Sun Goes Down is an EP featuring a trio of the band's U.K. B-sides. It displays a Ray Davies-style songwriting sensibility, which, combined with the Monkeys' improbable youth, conjures memories of '70s teen punk prodigies the Undertones, if the Undertones had been into U.K. and U.S. hip-hop, Oasis, System of a Down, and Queens of the Stone Age.
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