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Arctic Monkeys' manager confirms the band are "working on music"

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Ian McAndrew, the current manager of Arctic Monkeys, has confirmed that Sheffield band are currently working on the creation of brand new material.

It was already publicly known that Alex Turner and the group had intended to head back into the studio over the summer period but the current coronavirus pandemic put a stop to their recording sessions. Now though, as the social distancing measures are more relaxed, the band have been able to put their ideas together.

Having recently released their acclaimed new live album Live At The Royal Albert Hall, McAndrew revealed during a conversation with Music Week that Arctic Monkeys are beavering away on the follow up to the 2018 album Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino.

“They’re working on music,” the manager said when asked about the band. “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.

“There were recording plans in the summertime that got canned as a result of the travel restrictions.”

Without revealing any specific details about the new material, McAndrew said that while the current health crisis has wreaked havoc through the music industry, it “also presented an opportunity” for the band members to focus more intently on their next step.

“If you’re literally locked down, you’re going to knuckle down to some work at home, and that’s what’s been going on,” McAndrew added. “When the restrictions permit I do get along to have a listen to what’s going and to check out some new ideas, which is always very exciting.”

While it remains early days, McAndrew concluded: “I’m hoping that next year, when the restrictions lift, we’ll be able to get together and get on with it.”