Arctic Monkeys are back, everyone. They’ve just been announced to headline 2567 festivals across Europe this summer, including marquee shows at TRNSMT Festival in Scotland (currently their only UK show), Primavera Sound in Barcelona, Rock Werchter and more. Here, in case you were wondering, is everywhere you can see the Arctic Monkeys this summer 2018.
Most importantly, however, with new live shows comes with the distinct reality of new music. Album six – which was reportedly recorded last year with trusted producer James Ford – is most likely in the bag, meaning we should hear something in the coming months. A new era of Arctic Monkeys is beginning to take shape.
With that new era comes with a new image, and we got a quick peek at this era’s look yesterday when the band updated their website with a fresh band logo. The groovy AM-era bubble logo is out, and a minimal font that looks like it belongs on a ‘90s sci-fi poster is in. This isn’t the first time they’ve mixed things up, though. Let’s trace through their iconic logos below, from 2006 up to 2018.
Featured on debut album ‘Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not’, this was the logo that dominated festival posters, and your school book, circa-2006.
The band’s second album ‘Favourite Worst Nightmare’ followed a year later, and their second, kinda freaky, logo was born. Also features on one of the original officially-licensed Arctic Monkeys posters. Y’know, the one in the boat. Classic.
For album three, ‘Humbug’ the boys went to the desert to soak up stoner-rock vibes with Queens of The Stone Age frontman, Josh Homme. The electrifying branding was a natural fit for the band’s ‘growing up’ phase.
Their most recent logo, which took a healthy dollop of inspiration from Black Sabbath, was so damn good it stuck around for both ‘Suck It and See’ and ‘AM’.
Now, the boys seem to have gone all Kraftwerk on us with this minimal font. Hard to say what it represents, but the possibility of a Krautrock classic cannot be written off.