Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helders has created a heap of speculation that the band are back in the studio working on the follow up to 2018 album Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino.
The drumming maestro was pictured by photographer and director Andreas Neumann caused a stir this week when he shared a photo of Helders sitting behind a drum kit in the studio, which is located in Los Angeles, California. The band have been quiet about what is next on the horizon for them and haven’t played live since they toured South America eighteen months ago. However, it appears that Neumann has potentially has let the cat out the bag about their next move.
The photographer, who shared the photo to his Instagram page as “Loved seeing you brother Matt Helders” led to him receiving an onslaught of messages from giddy Arctic’s fans who needed to know exactly what Helders was working on.
One fan asked in the comments: “Does this mean that a new album is close? Please tell me its true,” while another said, “Everybody stay calm… stay f*cking calm.”
Helders, who himself is busy working on side projects of his own, was asked recently by MusicFeeds if the prolonged gap between records was a trend that would continue, to which he answered: “I don’t think so,” with some certainty.
“I think that break was based on various circumstances and that was sort of what we needed at the time. But it’s not a pattern we’re going to get used to as a band. We like being in the studio. We’re keen on making albums,” he added.
“We’ll talk about what we’ll do next. There’s no real concrete plan at the moment. We’re all enjoying it a lot, we know we want to do some writing at some point but there’s nothing really. We haven’t really talked about it yet.
“I suppose when we’re back together on these last couple of tours we’ll start thinking about that. But yeah, there’s nothing actually planned yet.”
In August, Arctic Monkeys’ crowdfunding campaign to save Sheffield music venue The Leadmill managed to raise over £128,000 thanks a charity raffle spearheaded by frontman Alex Turner’s black Fender Stratocaster.
The money provided an unexpected lifeline for the iconic Sheffield venue which played a pivotal role in the early days of the Arctic Monkeys. The money will also be split with the Music Venues Trust who will give their share to other grassroots venues across the country.
I can’t believe we’re over £100,000,” Leadmill general manager Rebecca Walker said to NME. “That’s an insane amount of money and will go so far to securing not only the bricks and mortar of venues but also their key members of staff.
“We so humbled and so grateful. We couldn’t thank the guys enough for listening to us and allowing us to reach out to them, but also just their generosity. To them, it’s just a guitar but to us, it’s a lifeline – it’s a matter of whether a venue can stay open or not.”