Arctic Monkeys' Matt Helders updates fans on new album

The band's drummer reveals they are in the early stages of writing their seventh studio album.

Arcitc Monkeys' Matt Helders has revealed the band have started working on their next album.

In a chat with fans on Instagram Live yesterday (Jan 13), the group's drummer said they were in the "early stages of trying to write a record" and that they have been "faced with the obvious obstacles" of writing and recording due to the pandemic. 

"We’re all eager to do it," he explained. "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."

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Helders, who lives in Los Angeles, added that “being separated by the sea" is their biggest challenge, but that he is "always tinkering on machines and synths. I’ve got drums here... [I’m] always trying to improve on and study certain things."

Last year Arcitc Monkeys' manager Ian McAndrew told Music Week the band have been working on new 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," he said.

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While McAndrew admits that summer recording plans were ultimately canned due to travel restrictions, the lockdown was also an opportunity for them to "knuckle down to some work at home, and that’s what’s been going on."

Last month Arctic Monkeys released their Live At The Royal Albert Hall album, entering at Number 3 on the Official Albums Chart. Their last studio record, Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino, became their sixth consecutive chart-topper in May 2018.