After keeping mum about the follow up for their 2013 hit album “AM”, Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helders has confirmed the rumors for a new album.
He Said, She Said
Hopes for a new Arctic Monkeys album were slashed in August 2016 when frontman Alex Turner dismissed speculation of plans for a new record. He stated that they weren’t in a rush but there will definitely be plans for a forthcoming album. The members had been busy with other projects; Turner released the final album and touring with Miles Kane for The Last Shadow Puppets, while Helders recorded and toured with Iggy Pop. It only made sense for the members not to head back in a studio.
As Christmas rolled around, however, the band was spotted in establishments around their hometown of Sheffield, England. The rumor mill began to turn once again and many fans were optimistic for some good news.
MY DAD HAS JUST HAD A BEER WITH ALEX TURNER WTF pic.twitter.com/FZ9ozniky8
— james (@httpjames_) December 10, 2016
Is Alex Turner fine or what?
Shamir Masri of BBC Sheffield verified the news from the frontman himself that they’re in Sheffield to record AM 6 via a now-deleted Tweet. Take note that this happened eight months ago, and there have been little to no updates about the process… until now.
Will Franco, affectionately known by his Instagram handle @scummyman, is a well-loved member of the Arctic Monkeys fanbase. He seems to have the luck a hardcore music fan can only dream of—videos from the barricade at Glastonbury and Coachella, ticket stubs and set lists, and a multitude of personal photos with the likes of Kevin Parker from Tame Impala, Albert Hammond Jr. and Julian Casablancas from The Strokes, and of course the boys of Arctic Monkeys.
My insides are shaking, too. I would love to have a smoke with Alex Turner.
Franco caught up with Helders last week during a Royal Blood gig at The Wiltern in Los Angeles (the band also played the venue in September 2013 for their AM tour). In the comments section of the Instagram post, a fellow fan asked Franco if he questioned Helders regarding the new album. His response?
At this point, a “hopefully” is better than nothing. Fingers crossed for a Christmas release for AM 7, and maybe a slot at Laneway Singapore 2018 so I can hear him say this in person.
“AM” proved to be their most popular album, and as someone who’s been with them since their 2006 debut album “Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not”, I couldn’t be more excited. If I could, I’d probably implode.