The Arctic Monkeys have shared an update with fans when it comes to a new record being dropped and have insisted it’s on its way.
The band – made up of Alex Turner, Jamie Cook, Nick O’Malley, and Matt Helders – had promised new material in 2021 and while the record has experienced a few ‘obstacle’s, thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic, that doesn’t mean it isn’t happening.
Drummer Helders explained that while the pandemic has obviously caused delays, he and the rest of the Arctic Monkeys are still ‘all eager’ to create a new record.
Speaking via an Instagram Live on Wednesday, Helders said that right now the band are being separated ‘by sea’ because of travel restrictions in place, but he’s always ‘tinkering on machines and synths’.
‘We’re all eager to do it, we would have been doing it by now in a normal time,’ Helders explained.
Insisting fans can expect new music as soon as physically possible, he added: ‘There’s definitely a desire from our end to do a new record as soon as we can.’
It comes after the band’s manager told fans 2021 could see new music from the Arctic Monkeys, as they have been ‘working hard’ despite things being a little ‘disjointed’ right now.
‘They’re working on 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, with a view on a future release,’ their manager Ian McAndrew told Music Week.
‘What I will say is that they’ve been working hard and I’m so looking forward to hearing new music from the guys in the new year.’
Arctic Monkeys – known for their hits 505, When The Sun Goes Down and I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor – last released an album in 2018.
Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino came out in May 2018 and saw the band head out on tour until April 2019.
While fans sit and wait patiently for a new record to drop, the band did give them something to wet their whistle and released Live at the Royal Albert Hall – an album compilation of live performances from 2018 in December.
All proceeds from the album are being given to the War Child charity.
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