Arctic Monkeys’ Matt Helders reveals what fans can expect from new album

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16 May 2022, 12:48

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Matt Helders of the Arctic Monkeys has spoken about what fans can expect from their highly anticipated upcoming album.

The band has not yet officially announced the follow-up to their 2018 album Tranquillity Base Hotel & Casino, but new music is very much expected this year as they gear up for a tour in August.

Now, Helders, drummer for AM has pretty much confirmed new music from the band and given us an idea of what we can expect.

Speaking to Mike Dolbear ahead of this year’s DrumathonLIVE2022, Helders said their next album will stay close to their 2018 record.

He said: “It kinda like picks up where the other one [Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino] left off musically.

“I mean, it’s never gonna be like [2012 AM single] R U Mine? And all that stuff again, you know, the heavy riffs and stuff.

“But there are riffs in there and [it’s] a bit more up-tempo, even though it’s not loud. It’s hard to explain!”

In August last year, it was revealed the Arctic Monkeys had reportedly written and recorded the new album in a venue in Suffolk (via NME).

The venue, Butley Priory, posted a statement on their website which hinted that AM had recorded the album between June and July of 2021.

It said: “We’ve had a band staying with us for the last month recording an album. Musicians love the acoustics in the Great Hall and Drawing Room, with their huge vaulted ceilings. Being serenaded while watering and weeding the garden, listening to the double bass, drums and piano wafting out of the open double doors, was pretty nice. Thank you, Arctic Monkeys.”

It’s shaping up to be a very busy summer for the band. As well as a tour and potential new album, they will be headlining some pretty big festivals like Reading and Leads and Ireland’s Electric Picnic.