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Arctic Monkeys are an English rock band formed in Sheffield in The group consists of Alex Turner lead vocals, guitar, keyboards , Jamie Cook guitar, keyboards , Nick O'Malley bass guitar, backing vocals , and Matt Helders drums, backing vocals. Former band member Andy Nicholson bass guitar, backing vocals left the band in shortly after their debut album was released. Their debut album is the fastest-selling debut album by a band in UK chart history, and in , Rolling Stone ranked it the 30th-greatest debut album. Arctic Monkeys were heralded as one of the first bands to come to public attention via the Internet, with commentators suggesting they represented the possibility of a change in the way in which new bands are promoted and marketed. Turner and Helders were neighbours and close friends, and they met Nicholson in secondary school. The name Beneath the Boardwalk originated when the first batch of demos were sent around. The first sender, wanting to classify the demos, named them after where he received them, the Boardwalk. Slowly, as more demos were spread, they were all classified under this name. This has led to many people falsely believing that Beneath the Boardwalk was an early album, or that the early demos were all released under this title.