Fans will have to wait until May 11
It has been confirmed that Arctic Monkeys won’t be releasing any singles ahead of their new album.
The band’s upcoming sixth album ‘Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino’ will be released on May 11. Here’s everything we know about the record so far.
Despite previous rumours that a new Arctic Monkeys track could be dropping soon, a representative for the band has confirmed to Pitchfork that fans won’t be able to hear any new songs from the LP until its official release.
Frontman Alex Turner also spoke about the decision in the latest issue of Mojo, saying that guitarist Jamie Cook was behind the unorthodox album roll-out. “Jamie was really keen on that idea, and I guess people at Domino,” Turner said. “But it didn’t come from me. I understand it, I think.”
Elsewhere in the Mojo interview, it is revealed that Arctic Monkeys’ new album was almost an Alex Turner solo record.
Meanwhile, Sony boss Guy Moot has described ‘Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino’ as “another masterpiece”.
Speaking to Music Week, Moot – who’s Sony’/ATV Music Publishing’s President of Worldwide Creative – said: “There are few releases in the calendar year that I would call an event; when the Monkeys release a record, it’s an event.
“It’s the sort of record people will stop their day to listen to it and rush to their streaming accounts or however they consume it. It’s a big event for the UK music industry.
“It’s an on-going chapter and I think [Alex Turner’s] just written another masterpiece, which solidifies him once more as one of the great UK songwriters. I don’t think they need to set targets or achievements, people will climb on board.”
“With this new album, when I heard it, it’s a record of incredible intricacy that, if you’re a fan, you’re just going to want to get deeper and deeper into it, you can find different meanings, lyrically you can delve deeper and deeper,” he continued.
“There are just incredible moments, incredible arrangements, incredible playing, it’s very important for UK music this year.”