Das Spielen der Instrumente brachten sie sich dabei selbst bei.
Anschließend gründeten sie mit Turners Schulfreunden Glyn Jones, Matt Helders und Andy Nicholson die Musikgruppe Arctic Monkeys.
"There's a prog band called Captain Beyond who released three albums in the '70s, and this self-titled one was their first.
It now consists of an Electro-Harmonix Pulsar (without stereo), Electro-Harmonix Memory Man, Boss RE-20, Boss TU-2, Death By Audio Fuzz Gun, Z.
Vex Super Duper, Fulltone OCD, Demeter Fuzzullator, Boss LS-2, Ernie Ball VP Junior and an Electro-Harmonix Hum Debugger.
He has been seen using several different Bad Cat amplifiers, including a Bad Cat Hot Cat 30 R, in addition to his Hiwatt amplifiers, on the 4th album Suck it and See a Rosewell Bluesman 30 and an Audio Kitchen Big Chopper was used.
On the Australia and New Zealand tour of Humbug, Cook was seen using a Fender Starcaster.
Da Nicholson bereits mit dem E-Bass vertraut war, blieb für Helders nur das Schlagzeug übrig.
Erst im Mai 2006 wurde bekannt, dass Alex Turner nicht der ursprüngliche Sänger der Band sei.His pedals were an MXR Distortion , Electro-Harmonix Big Muff, Electro-Harmonix Pulsar and, at least for a while, he could be seen using a T-Rex Dr. From the second album onwards, he has had quite an elaborate pedalboard. He stuck to his MXR Distortion , and has added an Electro-Harmonix Little Big Muff, Electro-Harmonix HOG, Electro-Harmonix Pulsar Tremolo, Electro-Harmonix Deluxe Memory Man, a Boss LS-2 Line Selector, a Guyatone sustain and an expression pedal for the HOG all this was changed to an Ernie Ball volume/pan pedal, which can be seen used when playing the Arctic Monkeys song "Nettles" live.His main guitar is now a Gibson ES-335TD from 1975.Then they started to take off and move in lots of directions.That's what we want." At the start of the band's career, Cook would join Matt Helders and Andy Nicholson in backing vocals for songs such as "Fake Tales of San Francisco", but has gradually shied away from singing duties, leaving them to the other three members of the group.During the first album, Cook's setup was fairly simple.