Yesterday, England’s new favorite group of ape descendants (ever since Oasis called it quits), Arctic Monkeys, dropped a new single under its alter-ego The Death Ramps, featuring vocal work from both front-man Alex Turner as well as Miles Kane of The Last Shadow Puppets.
Opposed to the Monkeys’ fourth full-length release, Suck It And See, which dropped in June, “Little Illusion Machine (Wirral Riddler),” the B-Side to the band’s latest single and track four on the aforementioned record (“The Hellcat Spangled Shalalala”), is not dreadful.
In fact, it even incorporates some sinister Stoner-Rock fret work that must have rubbed off during the band’s dessert sessions with Josh Homme (Queens Of The Stone Age, Them Crooked Vultures, Eagles Of Death Metal) while in the process of recording Humbug, the outfit’s 2009 10-track studio release.
It’s not quite The Monkeys I grew to love in 2005 with its debut, Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I Am Not, a title the outfit seems to have taken way too literally, evolving into something terribly different, and entirely depressing, only six years removed from that ground breaking record, however, the back half to this new single is far better than anything found on the group’s most recent work and, not quite a leap, but a definite limp in the right direction.
Grab it below: