Back in 2014, the British indie rock outfit, The Arctic Monkeys, ended an extensive tour supporting their fifth studio album, AM (2013), and thus decided to go on hiatus for an indefinite amount of time in order to recuperate. The four Sheffield musicians each went their own separate ways, in order to work on their own individual projects. Now, almost four years later, they’re about to blow the doors off with a grand re-entry in the form of a brand new studio album and tour in the works for this year.
It was confirmed by BBC Radio back in December 2016, when frontman Alex Turner announced that a new album was on the way. However, according to an interview with For the Ride, back in September, bassist Nick O’Malley announced the album wouldn’t be out until 2018 and that “if it isn’t, we’ve got problems.”
The upcoming album will be an important one for The Arctic Monkeys, who, at this juncture in their career, have managed to accumulate a fanbase that grown to a phenomenal degree. A lot is weighing on the band, which can either use that pressure to motivate their magnum opus, forever solidifying them as a quintessential rock band, or face the disappointment of letting everyone down.
AM was a humongous deal to fans of the exploding independent music trend, who had been following the group since their debut album, Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not (2006) went quadruple platinum and was awarded the Mercury Prize. By the time 2014 rolled around, radio stations all over the world could not stop playing their singles, like “Do I Wanna Know” and “R U Mine.” Needless to say, the new album has a lot to live up to. It all depends on what sort of direction they choose to take musically. There is still no title or expected release date for the album, as of press time.
In addition to a brand new studio album, The Arctic Monkeys will also be headed on tour in 2018. The first date will be a headlining spot at the upcoming Firefly Music Festival in Dover, DE, from June 14-17, 2018. Check out fireflyfestival.com for tickets and more details.