Are Arctic Monkeys “the last great guitar band”? Blur’s Damon Albarn sure thinks so

Damon Albarn and Graham Coxon (left), Alex Turner
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It’s been a successful summer for British indie rock icons Arctic Monkeys: last month, they headlined the UK’s prestigious Glastonbury Festival. Now, they’ve been hailed by Blur’s Damon Albarn as “the last great guitar band.”

The Blur frontman made the observation during a conversation with the Broken Record podcast, which also saw him reflect on the “sterile” nature of guitar bands that emerged in the wake of Arctic Monkeys’ success, and his renewed sense of optimism for the genre in the present day.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer,

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.