Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helders ‘broke hand after punching wall while drunk’

Drummer had to be replaced by Pete Thomas during sessions recording new album 'AM'

Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helders has revealed that the hand injury he sustained while making the band’s new album was sustained after he punched a wall while drunk.

The band were forced to use Elvis Costello drummer Pete Thomas for sessions on the hugely successful album while Helders recovered from his injury, which involved the drummer being fitted with a metal plate in his hand. Speaking to Q in a new interview with the Sheffield group, Helders admits for the first time the real story behind his injury.

“It wasn’t a fist fight with a person, no,” says Helders. “I didn’t hurt anybody, except for myself. It was… a bizarre incident… with a wall… that was harder than I expected… The next day I did (feel like a fool)… It was just me being stupid. I weren’t even that angry, cos I’m not an angry person. I was just messing about, drunk. Everyone I’ve told said, ‘We’ve all done it.’ I just managed to hit the wrong wall. The bone popped out – not out of the skin but it was stuck up. I went to my girlfriend, ‘I think we need to go to hospital.’ They put a plate in it. I’m having it taken out at Christmas.”

Meanwhile, Arctic Monkeys are currently one of William Hill’s favourites to win the 2013 Barclaycard Mercury Prize, after the nominations were announced earlier this month (September 11). The band’s recently released fifth album ‘AM’ and David Bowie’s ‘The Next Day’ both have odds of 4/1, according to the event’s official bookies.

Albums by Foals, James Blake and Laura Marling are also on the shortlist for the 12 Albums Of The Year, which was chosen by an independent judging panel and announced today at London’s Hospital Club. London Grammar were previously named as the favourite for the 2013 prize by bookmakers, but their album ‘If You Wait’ was not nominated. The winner will be announced at a ceremony in London’s Roundhouse on October 30.

Arctic Monkeys recently made Official UK Albums Chart history with their new album ‘AM’. Released by Domino Records it is the band’s fifth consecutive Number One and the first indie-released album to achieve such a feat.