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Arctic Monkeys to begin work on new record immediately after tour - audio

Band won't be taking time off after they finish on the road

Arctic Monkeys are set to begin work on their next album immediately after their north American tour finishes next month.

Speaking to NME Radio's Jon Hillcock, the band are playing a series of shows, but rather than take time off they will begin writing and recording the follow-up to 'Humbug'.

You can listen again in full to the Arctic Monkeys' interview on the NME Radio blog now.

The band played probably their last UK show for the time being on Sunday (March 28) when they performed third album 'Humbug' in full in London.

"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," explained drummer Matt Helders.

He added that though the group were keen to work with Queens Of The Stone Age's Josh Homme again as a producer, he was unsure whether both groups would be free at the same time.

"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," he explained, "but we'd like to."

While admitting he was not sure how the album would sound, frontman Alex Turner admitted the band have been writing new songs already.

"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," he said. "We haven't started walking yet, the laces are undone, never mind dancing."

Meanwhile, Helders added that he had asked his friend P Diddy about rumours he was buying London football team Crystal Palace, but the rapper was playing his cards close to his chest.

"I tried to get the info and said he couldn't tell me," admitted the drummer. "He laughed it off as a joke and didn't give me any information. But why else would he have heard of Crystal Palace? When I mentioned it I thought he'd say 'Who'? He said he likes the name."

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In the meantime watch the Arctic Monkeys' recent video interview at the Shockwaves NME Awards, where they won Best Live Act.

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