Arctic Monkeys plan new EP

The Sheffield band follow up their debut with four new songs

Arctic Monkeys are set to release an EP of new material, just months after their debut album.

Following in the footsteps of Oasis, Razorlight and The Smiths, the band are set to follow the success of their debut with a brace of new material.

The band plan to release ‘The View From The Afternoon’ as their next single in April, but are hoping to expand the release into a full EP with new material they have been working on between tours.

Speaking to NME.COM, guitarist Jamie Cooke revealed the band have already been back to the studio.

“Yeah we’re dong an EP for the next single, whenever it’s going to be. It’s going to be new ‘uns,” he explained.

Although a full EP is yet to be confirmed, the band are hoping that new material – not contained within the demos that appeared online last year – will see the light of day soon.

“We’re going to finish the new songs, then we’re going to record them, then we’re going to play them live and stick them on a CD,” said bassist Andy Nicholson.

“It’s probably going to be an external player, I’m not joking, five songs, and it’s hopefully going be out in April. Fingers crossed.”

Tracks set to appear on the record include ‘Leaving Before The Lights Come On’, which the band previewed on their recent UK tour, ‘Do Me a Favour’ – “The further adventures of the girl in ‘Mardy Bum’ – my ex,” according to Alex Turner‘Three Episodes Where Someone Else Got In The Way’ and ‘I Wish You Would Have Smiled In The Bakery’.

Meanwhile the band, who are set to begin their sold out US tour in San Francisco on March 13, kick off the trip with an appearance on Saturday Night Live tomorrow (March 11).