As the year 2020 comes to an end many have wondered how long the band’s hiatus was going to last. In a recent interview for Music Week, the band’s manager Ian McAndrew talked about the release of the “Royal Albert Hall” Live album and took the opportunity to reveal that the group has been “beavering away” during the pandemic.
“They’re working on music. In this rather disjointed time, the guys are beavering away and I hope that next year they’ll start working on some new songs, new ideas, with a view on a future release.”
With the current situation, the typical work ethic suffered some changes, one of them being that it is impossible to work together as a group, in the same place. It was mentioned that “There were recording plans in the summertime that got canned as a result of the travel restrictions.” Regardless, he mentioned that this different atmosphere and work plans could lead to them giving more attention to the creative process.
He added: “It’s fair to say that plans to write and record music have been deferred or postponed in terms of difficulties in getting together. Nevertheless, it in some ways creates a welcome opportunity, more time, more space and ability to go away and devote a bit more time to the creative process. That’s been a blessing in a weird way.”
As of now, Arctic Monkeys can’t be together to work on music, and the same goes for the impossibility of recording as a full band. Nevertheless, McAndrew remains hopeful that “next year, when the restrictions lift, we’ll be able to get together and get on with it.”
We have the confirmation that the group has been using this time to work on music, despite the difficulties in getting together. While we wait for the new Arctic Monkeys studio album, we can enjoy the recent charity release “Live At The Royal Albert Hall” and remember their concerts from 2018.