Say you’re Arctic Monkeys (yes, you’re English and four people in this scenario). You’ve been touring like mad off your new and highly successful album Humbug. You’ve got a few dates left for the month of April, which you’ll wrap up mid-month, and then it’s mostly freedom time. How do you spend that well deserved break? Forgo the girlfriends, the side projects, and the relaxation in general and make another album. And yes, that would make you (actually the band) quite awesome.
In an interview with NME Radio, the British rockers confirmed they will take almost no time off after their touring schedule wraps up.
“We’ve said we’ll stop touring this album and we’re eager to start working on new stuff again, not have time off again,” said drummer Matt Helders.
As to what we can expect, details are a little minimal at this point. However, they can confirm that Queen of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme, who produced the last album, might not make a return, despite the band’s desire for a repeat affair. He’s got new Queens of the Stone Age to deal with after all!
“It’s hard to say, both parties are up for it but they have a lot going on around the time we’d need to be recording,” Helders said, “but we’d like to.”
Even without the return of Homme, who added a unique kick to the band’s sound, frontman Alex Turner is already hard at work on brand new songs one baby step at a time.
“We haven’t tied our shoelaces yet, so it’s hard to say [what it would sound like] there’s a few things we’ve been playing around together and we’ve spoke about how we might go about it,” Turner said. “We haven’t started walking yet, the laces are undone, never mind dancing.”
We’ll update you when we know more. In the meantime, check out a semi-new track, aka a recently released b-side titled “The Afternoon’s Hat”, over at The Hype Machine. The track accompanies Humbug‘s third single, “My Propeller”, which was released on March 22nd.
Arctic Monkeys 2010 Tour Dates:
04/01 Miami Beach, FL @ The Fillmore *
04/02 Tampa, FL @ The Ritz *
04/03 Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live *
04/05 Athens, GA @ 40 Watt Club *
04/06 Raleigh, NC @ Disco Rodeo *
04/07 Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live *
04/09 Covington, KY @ Madison Theatre *
04/11 St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant *
04/12 Lawrence, KS @ Liberty Hall *
04/13 Tulsa, OK @ Cains Ballroom *
04/15 Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee
* = w/ Sleepy Sun