Arctic Monkeys Hint At Possible 2018 Release For New Album
Wed, 27 Sep 2017 16:52:51
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English rockers Arctic Monkeys have returned to the recording studio in preparation for their upcoming album, their first since 2013's AM, which debuted at number one on the UK Album charts. Bassist Nick O'Malley revealed in an interview with motorcycle rag For The Ride that the album will be released in 2018, because as he put it, "If it isn't, we've got problems."
The band previously took a hiatus following the promotional tour for AM, which spanned from May 2013 to late 2014. During the break, lead singer Alex Turner worked on another release with The Last Shadow Puppets, and Everything You've Come to Expect dropped on April Fool's Day, 2016. Drummer Matt Helders, meanwhile, contributed to Iggy Pop's March 18, 2016, release, Post Pop Depression. In December of 2016, Turner then revealed during a BBC Radio interview that the group had reunited with intentions of moving towards recording a new album.
The For The Ride interview occurred during a motorcycle track day in which O'Malley said he "hit the Wellington straight at almost 118mph" on his Triumph Street Triple RS. Rumors had swirled following a series of public Twitter and Instagram posts late last year that showed the band back in Sheffield, out and about in hometown haunts, though O'Malley's statement that the band's sixth studio album began development at a secret location during September of this year is the first true confirmation that recording is in process.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff