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Matt Helders on the next Arctic Monkeys album: “I don’t think it will be another five years”

"We're keen on making albums"

Matt Helders has reassured fans that they won’t have to wait quite so long this time for a new Arctic Monkeys album.

There was a five year wait between the release of 2013’s ‘AM‘ and the acclaimed comeback album ‘Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino’ last year – during a period peppered with various side projects including an album and tour from The Last Shadow Puppets.

Asked by MusicFeeds if there would be a similar gap until the release of more new material, Helders replied: “I don’t think so. I think that break was based on various circumstances and that was sort of what we needed at the time. But it’s not a pattern we’re going to get used to as a band. We like being in the studio. We’re keen on making albums.”

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He added: “We’ll talk about what we’ll do next. There’s no real concrete plan at the moment. We’re all enjoying it a lot, we know we want to do some writing at some point but there’s nothing really. We haven’t really talked about it yet.

“I suppose when we’re back together on these last couple of tours we’ll start thinking about that. But yeah, there’s nothing actually planned yet.”

Arctic Monkeys’ Matt Helders. Credit: Joseph Branston/Rhythm Magazine via Getty Images

Arctic Monkeys are currently on tour in Australia and New Zealand before wrapping up their 2019 shows in South America.

While Helders recently teamed up with Milburn frontman Joe Carnall for their new side-project Good Cop Bad Cop, he has also opened his own cafe in Sheffield and has been at work on a solo album.

“I’ve got a little studio set up at home now that, when I’m there, I can commit some time to,” said Helders of progress on the album. “That’s basically old drum machines and synthesisers – a bit more electronic and a bit more like soundtrack-y, like a John Carpenter kind of thing.”

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He continued: “There isn’t really a goal for what it will be yet. I’m just trying to drop in the tools in case, whether it’s a score or a record or what. I’m just enjoying it as a hobby and, when that leads to something, I think that feels a bit better for me when it’s, like, just something I wanted to do and have interest in.”

Helders added that the project might not even lead to anything and that he is “open to suggestions” when it came to collaborations. “If it sounds like fun I’ll consider it,” he said.

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