Posted December 9, 2013 by Osa Hale in Show Reviews

Arctic Monkeys // 12-4-13 // Roseland Theater


“We are here for your pure entertainment.”

So said Matt Drenik, frontman and face of the band Battleme, which opened for the Arctic Monkeys at the Roseland Theater on Wednesday. It didn’t take much to rile up the crowd, who were ready to dance, jump and scream for the English sensation. But Battleme went above and beyond, rocking out and performing for all the world as if they were the main dish – save for when Drenik would mention how great the Arctic Monkeys sounded at sound check, or reminded the audience what was coming up, inciting deafening cheers.

When the Arctic Monkeys took the stage, swathed in smoke and flashing lights, the feverish exhilaration was palpable. The crowd surged forward, hands raised and heads bouncing along with the music. Despite the venue’s strict “no moshing” policy, at least one illicit crowd surfer was spotted, and the crowded dancefloor definitely resembled the front lines of a stadium rock show. Even in the back and up in the balcony, audience members were dancing and enthusiastically singing along.

The crowd’s emotive excitement was mirrored by the band, as lead singer Alex Turner, done up in a slim suit and perfectly coiffed hair, threw in plenty of dramatic hand-raising, hip-wiggling and full-bodied gyrations. His attitude ranged from intense to sassy, one minute wrenching up his face and all but yelling into the microphone, the next, placing one hand on his hip and thrusting the other into the air. Throwing in some good old-fashioned strutting around the stage with the guitar and classic rock power stances, Turner played the Rock Star part to a delicious tee.

The set ranged from new to old, with the band singing hits off their first two albums, Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not and Favourite Worst Nightmare, including “I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor,” “Dancing Shoes,” and “Fluorescent Adolescent.” They also delivered choice selections from their new album, AM, such as the sexy lady anthem “Arabella” and the heartsick pop hit “Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?”

Osa Hale


One Comment

  1. PortlandLiveTim

    I wish I could have seen this show! Great review, Osa.

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