Arctic Monkeys’ Matt Helders: ‘We want to do a record that is like ‘Evil Twin’ and ‘R U Mine?’

Sticksman says the band's recent single and B-side are a sign of things to come

Arctic Monkeys‘ drummer Matt Helders has spoken about the band’s plans for their new record and has revealed that they are keen to continue in the vein of recent single ‘R U Mine?’ and B-side ‘Evil Twin’.

Speaking to the Examiner, the drummer replied to a question about their new single by saying: “The way ‘R U Mine?’ has gone we are more into doing songs like that for now. We are kind of into the idea of doing a record that is like ‘Evil Twin’ and ‘R U Mine?’.”

The band are currently in the middle of a lengthy stint across the USA and Canada as support to The Black Keys on their US arena tour and Helders also spoke about this, revealing that the band had been excited to appear as the opening act for the first time in their career.

He said of this: “We’ve been looking for a tour like this since we started because we’ve never done a support tour, not in England, not anywhere. We were trying to think what the right band would be, and we had some good offers that didn’t work out timing wise from other bands. For this (tour) we thought it would be stupid to turn down. It’s a massive tour, and I think we’ve done as much as we could on our own without doing something like this.”

The drummer also spoke about the band’s new track ‘Electricity’, which is due out later this month as the B-side to ‘R U Mine?’, saying: “When we recorded ‘Electricity’ we recorded ‘You & I’ which was the B-side to ‘Black Treacle’ and (recorded) another one that didn’t really work out. It was a good song, but it didn’t fit in with ‘R U Mine?’ so ‘Electricity’ was the one that seemed to make more sense. It’s really the only thing we’ve got that nobody has heard yet that is already recorded.”

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