In 2007 the Arctic Monkeys release their second album, Favorite Worst Nightmaretwelve tracks of unrestrained garage-rock that comes straight from Sheffield’s underground clubs and launches Alex Turner’s band straight to number one in England.
After the immediate success of the first album Whatever People Say I Am That’s What I Am Not which in 2006 he snatched from the oasis the record for fastest selling debut album in the UK (360,000 copies in its first week) everyone is wondering if the Arctic Monkeys are able to confirm themselves as the best rock band of the moment.
They respond right away Brianstormfirst single and first song by Favorite Worst Nightmarea post-punk ride with very powerful (and rather complicated) drums from Matt Helders, a guitar solo with surf-rock style tremolo from Jamie Cook, the relentless bass from new band member, Nick O’Malley who has replaced Andy Nicholson and Alex Turner who shows off his best Sheffield accent and songwriting talent, and then it goes on to the cinematic atmosphere of the last track 505 (in which in the organ intro they quote Ennio Morricone and the soundtrack of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly) with a record that is described as “Faster and meaner”.
Favorite Worst Nightmare is the album of consecration, which brings the Arctic Monkeys to the stage of the festival Glastonbury for a triumphant headlining concert and launches them to success in America where it reaches number seven in the standings. During promotion in the US, inevitably, the band is often asked the same question: what is your favorite worst nightmare? The Arctic Monkeys decide to play along, and give very funny answers, often inspired by cinema.
Matt Helders mentions the film Lost in Translation by Sofia Coppola with Bill Murray: «We were touring Japan and staying at the Park Hyatt in Tokyo, the same hotel where the movie was filmed. I had a dream where I looked out the window and said: I would love to jump off, but I don’t want to die». Alex Turner instead revealed that the his favorite nightmare she was one of the most beautiful actresses in the world, Jessica Alba: «I dreamed of Jessica Alba chasing me. She was a vampire, I became a vampire too and we went off together». An obsession with Jessica Alba, who in the same years declared her passion for indie rock: «I like Arcade Fire, Cold War Kids, Cat Power and especially Arctic Monkeys, they are great.»