Arctic Monkeys Look to Release New Album in 2013
The last time the Arctic Monkeys put out an album, it was 2011. At the time, Suck It and See was heralded as a return to form, particularly as its predecessor Humbug was a bit too low key and twee and confounded critics. On March 12, drummer Matt Helders indicated a follow-up to Suck is in the works and may even come out this year.
At the recent NME Awards, the drummer spoke about recording the album in the U.S., hinting that they’re taking a laidback approach: “The band's just been working together, the band working on our own so far, writing and stuff."
Helders then stated: "There's no time deadlines or anything like that for release. We're just getting back into it, because it always takes a while to get back into it."
Shifting to discussing the sound, Helders simply called it “2013,” which, ultimately, could mean any number of sounds. It could indicate they plan to reflect modern trends (à la Muse dabbling with dubstep on their latest release), or it’s a sign the Arctic Monkeys are taking a forward-thinking approach.
Back in September, rumors of the band recording in the Joshua Tree desert arose, with Helders’ mother eventually confirming it. Additionally, to support the new material, the group is playing at the Open’er Festival and Sasquatch Music Festival later in 2013.