Arctic Monkeys in “early stages” of making new album, says Matt Helders

Matt Helders, the Arctic Monkeys drummer, has revealed that the group is in the “early stages of trying to write a [new] record”.

During an Instagram Live in January 13, Helders explained that the Sheffield band had been “faced with the obvious obstacles” while planning the follow-up to the 2018 album “Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino”. The drummer shared that “being separated by the sea is one of them,” due to the travel restrictions imposed by the pandemic.

In regards to the other members, Helders mentioned: “We’re all eager to do it – we would have been doing it by now in a normal time. There’s definitely a desire from our end to do a new record as soon as we can.”

Last month, the Sheffield band’s manager Ian McAndrew had shared that they had been “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”). Although an official date is unlikely to come in the near future, the Arctic Monkeys drummer has now confirmed that new music is in the works.

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