Arctic Monkeys talk 'riffs and ideas' for 'Suck It And See' follow-up

Matt Helders also says the band will most likely be back in the studio in the autumn

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Arctic Monkeys have spoken about their plans for the follow-up to 'Suck It And See' and have said that they have plenty of "riffs and ideas" to work with.

The band are currently touring across North America as support to The Black Keys and told Q that though they've not made a conscious effort to work on new material, they've made a start.

Asked about album number five, drummer Matt Helders replied: "We don't think about where and when we're going to record, but I don't think any of us have got their hearts set on having a year off, or anything like that. It doesn't feel like that at the moment."

He continued: "I think this tour ends 19 May and then we've got one festival in Atlantic City at the end of June, so that's the last show we're doing and then after that it's up for grabs whether we go back in the studio or not. It's not like we've written loads on tour, it's some ideas and riffs flying around, things we've put together in soundchecks, but you don't get much of a soundcheck when you're a support band!"

Helders also revealed that the band had recorded one more new track as part of the sessions for 'R U Mine?' and 'Electricity', which singer Alex Turner recorded on his own.

He said of this: "Alex went back to the studio in Sheffield to do the vocal for one of them [Record Store Day tracks] and ended-up doing this other song that none of us have heard. It's from a riff Nick [O'Malley, bassist] came up with."

Helders also spoke about the band's slot at Metallica's Orion festival, and revealed that they actually turned down the chance to play originally, but that Lars Ulrich pestered them until they agree to perform.

He said of this: "We'd planned to have finished touring by now - going on recent records where we've done nine months then gone off to make another album. This time The Black Keys thing was too good to miss, so then we'd heard that Lars himself had asked us to do the Metallica gig."

He continued: "We'd said 'No' originally because of the timing but apparently he just kept asking, emailing our manager every day, so we thought, 'We better not turn this down!' Even if we get bottled off, playing before Metallica will be funny, and I want to watch them as well."

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