Watch Arctic Monkeys Cover The Strokes’ ‘Is This It’ In New York

It was bound to happen, but Arctic Monkeys have covered The Strokes‘ ‘Is This It’ during their Queens, New York stop on their North American tour.

AM, and particularly frontman Alex Turner, have never shied away from confessing love of The Strokes. Preceding the release of their highly divisive sixth studio album Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino, the opening line from opening track ‘Star Treatment’ was revealed to be “I just wanted to be one of the Strokes, now look at the mess you made me make.”

But on top of that, Turner has also spoken to NME in 2011 about his love of the band. “I remember I used to play that first album in college all the time, when our band was first starting,” he said. “Loads of people were into them, so loads of bands coming out sounded like them. And I remember consciously trying not to sound like The Strokes, deliberately taking bits out of songs that sounded too much like them, but I still loved that album.”

This isn’t even the first time that Arctic Monkeys have covered The Strokes, having previously covered ‘Take It or Leave It’.

Watch a clip of the ‘Is This It’ cover below.


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