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Arctic Monkeys in 'early stages' of writing new album

Arctic Monkeys in 'early stages' of writing new album

Arctic Monkeys in 'early stages' of writing new album

Arctic Monkeys are in the "early stages" of trying to "write a [new] record".

Drummer Matt Helders has revealed the group are working on a follow-up to 2018's 'Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino', but the band have been "faced with various obstacles" amid the coronavirus pandemic.

He said: "Being separated by the sea is one of them.

"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."

The 34-year-old stickman - who is originally from Sheffield, South Yorkshire, where his fellow band members, Alex Turner, Jamie Cook, and Nick O'Malley also hail from - is currently based in Los Angeles, where he has been working on his drumming.

Speaking on Instagram Live, he added: "I’ve got drums here.

"[I’m] always trying to improve on and study certain things."

Matt's comments come after the 'R U Mine?' group's manager Ian McAndrew revealed last month that the British rockers are working on new tunes.

He said: "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.

"There were recording plans in the summertime that got canned as a result of the travel restrictions."

The group released their debut album, 'Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not', 15 years ago, in January 2006.

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