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Like Clockwork , which is set for a June release date, will also feature Dave Grohl, Sir Elton John, Trent Reznor, Jake Shears of Scissor Sisters. Previous Queens Of The Stone Age collaborators Mark Lanegan and Nick Oliveri will also appear on the album as does James Lavelle, better known as the man behind UNKLE.

Josh Homme of QOTSA has previously collaborated with the Arctic Monkeys. He produced most of their third album, Humbug and did backing vocals on “All My Own Stunts” from their fourth album, Suck It and See.

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The Arctic Monkeys drummer has confirmed that they will release their fifth studio album by the end of the year. Matt Helders said the Monkeys are “definitely happy” with the songs they have written already.

“Hopefully we’ll get it out this year – that’s the plan.”

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According to Alex Turner, the new Arctic Monkeys album will be heavier: “I think we’re going to go the direction of those heavier tunes. We did ‘R U Mine?’, and I think that’s where it’s going to be at for us for the next record.”

Alex also commented on how the band thinks the best songs on “‘Suck It And See” were the heavier ones: “We feel the strength of the last record is ‘Don’t Sit Down…’, the other songs like that – ‘Brick By Brick’ – the other side of it is fine, but I don’t know how much more of that we can do.”

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He says:  “For us, it seems obvious to do something different when you make a new record. I know that bands can successfully carry on by having a similar sound forever, can have a full career out of it. Obviously many do and that works. It’s just that I don’t think we’d ever want to do that. We couldn’t make a record like our first record again, it would sound a bit fake.”

He continued: “We’ve never really thought that we can let expectation dictate what kind of music we make. I think it’s important that we make a record that we think is good and hopefully people share that opinion. Since that first record, we’ve all changed and hopefully the people that were into us have changed as well, grown up with us.”

Helders was then asked whether there’d be a break between touring and returning to the studio – and it doesn’t seem likely…

“This is the longest we’ve ever toured a record, since its come out. Usually, we have got back in the studio by now or we’ve had a break. This tour’s great, we’re really enjoying it but I think we’re ready to record again or at least think about it. We never really take that long to make a record.”

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about the new record, the boys said:

“It’s quite early days yet. We’ve not really got any songs for it at all,” says Nick O’Malley. “So it’s difficult to say [what the record will be like]. But we’re enjoying playing sort of fast songs at the minute, so maybe that’ll be an indication that it may go that way.”
“[‘R U Mine’ and ‘Electricity’ are] just stand-alone singles,” Matt Helders added, “but like he said, the songs like that are the most recent things we’ve done, so if that’s any sign of what kind of songs we’re writing, maybe we’ll go that way.”

about record store day, Matt said:

“I think [Record Store Day] needs to happen to keep people aware that there’s a better way of listening to music available, and it’s good. Then bands get involved and do something special to give people an incentive to buy it, I suppose. For instance, our record is purple, which means it’s more attractive to the eye. I don’t know why we chose purple. We’d already done a white one before.”

and about the reason behind their purple single, Nick said:

“We’re big fans of Barney.”

 

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He says: “we are kind of into the idea of doing a record that is like ‘Evil Twin’ and ‘R U Mine’. ”

click below to read the entire interview, where Matt talks about Dr. Dre and other things

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Matt Helders has confirmed what Alex T had previously hinted at: that the Arctic Monkeys are indeed working on new material as they tour with The Black Keys.

“R U Mine” will not be on the new record. Helders says:

“It’s a standalone thing. Mainly because we kinda needed something new to put out for this tour I suppose. We’d already done four singles for ‘Suck It And See’ so we decided to do something new. We haven’t really started writing officially, a record or anything, but there’s a few things we’re playing around with in sound checks.”

when discussing the viral video for “R U Mine,” Helders added:

“The idea was sometimes when were messing around driving we film ourselves singing stupid songs on the radio, people do that I think, and in a way we wanted to do a video we could put out straight away without any promotion which is what we did with ‘Brick By Brick’. We didn’t tell anybody we were releasing it, we just put it out. In a way, that worked better than any other video we’ve put out. And ‘R U Mine?’ more people have watched that than any other video on this album. So obviously it worked.”

finally, Helders says about The Black Keys:

“We’re really big fans of Black Keys, kind of always have been. It’s a great tour to be able to watch them as much as you want as well. We’ve never done a support tour so it’s quite a lot of excitement and fun to just go on for an hour and you’ve got the rest of your night to enjoy as well.”

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