The drummer is working on his debut solo album.
The latest member of Arctic Monkeys to decide to embark on a solo venture is drummer and vocalist Matt Helders. He's currently working on a new album, but he plans to make a name for himself before he introduces it to the world because he's determined to earn his place as a soloist.
Arctic Monkeys at the Grammy Awards
The 31-year-old Sheffield musician has worked on a few projects outside of Arctic Monkeys in the past, most notably Iggy Pop's 'Post Pop Depression' which came out in 2016. But there's a lot more he wants to do before he decides to go it alone.
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Recorded in secret at the end of 2015, 'Post Pop Depression' will be out on March 18th, with a short tour planned for the same time.
Recorded in secrecy in both of Homme’s studios – one in Joshua Tree and the other in Pink Duck, Los Angeles – with the help of Arctic Monkeys’ drummer Matt Helders and Homme’s QOTSA bandmate Dean Fertita on guitars, Post Pop Depression is set for release on March 18th.
Speaking to the New York Times, Iggy said that the record’s themes were informed by his own advancing age and the idea of usefulness in modern society. “What happens after your years of service? And where is the honour?”
Last year, Alex Turner dropped hints that Arctic Monkeys would release another record in quick succession. Now though, it looks like fans will be in for a long wait.
Arctic Monkeys continue to ascend toward superstardom. Their status as bona fide rockstars capable of disseminating universally lauded records means their prestige can only continue to expand. 2013’s AM saw the band make a total departure from any semblance of their younger selves. Where once they specialised in jagged riffs and quirky tales of misadventures on northern English estates, leading them to a hierarchical position in the mid-noughties indie band explosion, they are now slicker, beefier and with a fan base that extends well beyond the confines of their home nation.
Despite teasing fans last year, a follow-up to AM will not be appearing anytime soon.
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