What’s old is new again: Arctic Monkeys’ landmark debut studio album Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not, released in 2006, is getting an exclusive vinyl reissue via Vinyl Me, Please. The special pressing will be the English indie rockers’ first-ever full-length color pressing.
Vinyl Me, Please has tabbed Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not as their April record of the month, pressing the album on heavyweight, 180-gram, smoke-colored vinyl, as pictured above (and below). The LP comes with an exclusive, 16-page lyric booklet with photos. The reissue comes at time of renewed Arctic Monkeys buzz, as well: Alex Turner and company are set to release a new album this year, their first since 2013’s acclaimed AM. The band has both a new single and their first North American headlining shows since 2014 on the docket.
To say Arctic Monkeys’ debut album is an essential early-2000s indie-rock release may be understating things. Paste highlighted the ‘06 touchstone as one of the best albums of the decade, with Nick Marino lauding it as “a dirt-streaked portrait of fin-de-siecle British youth culture” and “a thrashy Brit-rock classic.” As if that weren’t enough, it also topped our list of the best albums made by teenagers, as, incredibly, only one member of the band—guitarist Jamie Cook—had entered his 20s at the time of Whatever People Say I Am’s release.
“We at Vinyl Me, Please are honored to work on the Arctic Monkeys’ stellar debut album,” said Vinyl Me, Please A&R Alex Berenson in a statement. “This was such a major record that introduced me to indie rock and, as a result, it holds a very special place in my heart. The re-release of this modern classic—in smoky gray vinyl—is not be missed.”
See a teaser and a pair of product shots of Vinyl Me, Please’s special Whatever People Say I Am pressing below. You can get your hands on a copy by joining the subscription service here.