For someone as musical as Jimmy Fallon, it’s surprising he doesn’t seem moved one way or another by his (fairly awesome) musical bookings. The most you get out of the guy when he walks over to congratulate his guests is usually a “Hey nice job, buddy!” even if they just laid out something great. If this performance of Humbug standout “Crying Lightning” was for the benefit of Dave or Conan we likely would’ve seen a more effusive host-band interaction, but no matter: for a guy who’s traded in rock as spiky as his barbed lyrical witticisms, it’s highly impressive to see Alex Turner and his Arctic Monkeys evolve, at least on the brooding and dank Sabbath-y psychedelia of this track, into a more patient and emotionally gripping space. Great performance. And OK, great hair, too.
Humbug is out 8/25 via Domino. Bonus material: the Monkeys hosted a live webcast last week, where they covered Nick Cave’s “Red Right Hand.” It looked and sounded like this: