They are from Sheffield, UK, in northern England. They built a following through online file sharing and distribution of their demo tapes. This led to record company interest, but the band resisted singing a contract. Finally, in 2005 they signed to the independent label Domino Records and released their first single, "I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor."
Alex Turner told The BBC about the founding of the group: "It was 2002, we all got guitars for Christmas and started playing in my garage that summer, rehearsed there and in a warehouse for a bit for about a year."
Their first album Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not became the fastest selling debut album ever in the UK when it was released in 2006. About a month later, it was released in the US and opened at #24 on the album chart, one of the best debuts ever by a band on an independent record label.
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