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Matt Helders confirms Arctic Monkeys are in “early stages” of making new album

Matt Helders has shared the news that every Arctic Monkeys fan has been waiting to hear after revealing that the band are currently in the “early stages of trying to write a [new] record”.

While it was already publicly known that Alex Turner and the group had intended to head back into the studio over the summer period, the current coronavirus pandemic put a stop to their recording sessions. However, as the pandemic continues to torment the world, this has continued to leave Arctic Monkeys’ plans on ice. However, even if all band members can’t be in the same country, that doesn’t mean they’re not working on their seventh studio album.

Taking to Instagram Live on January 13th, the drummer talked about how the band have been “faced with various obstacles” as they attempt to follow up 2018’s Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino.

“Being separated by the sea is one of them,” Helders noted, with the band now living in separate corners of the world after Alex Turner reportedly moved back to England from Los Angeles last year. “We’re all eager to do it – 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,” Helders added.

The drummer then discussed how he is “always tinkering on machines and synths” at his home in Los Angeles. “I’ve got drums here,” he said, adding: “[I’m] always trying to improve on and study certain things.”

Last month, Arctic Monkeys’ manager Ian McAndrew provided a similar update as Helders and discussed how the pandemic has hampered their plans, noting: “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.”

“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.”

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

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