Next Arctic Monkeys album is “never gonna be like ‘R U Mine?’…again,” says drummer


You shouldn’t expect another AM with the next Arctic Monkeys album, if drummer Matt Helders is to be believed.

Speaking during this past weekend’s DrumathonLIVE charity event about the upcoming new record from the U.K. rockers, Helders shared, “It’s never gonna be like ‘R U Mine?’ and all that stuff again…the heavy riffs and stuff.”

AM singles “R U Mine?”, “Do I Wanna Know?” and “Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?” were among the heaviest songs in the Arctic Monkeys catalog, and gave the group their first entries on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Airplay chart. While the new stuff won’t sound exactly like those songs, Helders said “there are riffs” and more “up-tempo” material, “even though it’s not loud.”

“It’s hard to explain,” he added.

Arctic Monkeys already surprised fans with their most recent album, 2018’s Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino, which followed AM with a more lounge-y, piano-driven sound.

No release date or title for the new record has been announced.

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