We've been waiting to hear what Arctic Monkeys have been up to since they released their 2018 album Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino, and we now know thanks to an unlikely source.
They've reportedly been recording their seventh album at Butley Priory, a venue on the Suffolk coast of England. Thanks to a now-edited blog post by the venue, we know the band have been hard at work.
The post read, “We’ve had a band staying for the last month recording. Musicians love the acoustics in the Great Hall and Drawing room, with their huge vaulted ceilings.”
“Being serenaded while watering and weeding the garden, listening to the double bass, drums and piano wafting out of the open double doors, was pretty nice. Thank you, Arctic Monkeys.” Cue our surprise.
Their manager, Ian McAndrew, spoke about new music back in December, saying the band had been planning to record in 2020, but their plans were scuppered by the pandemic.
He elaborated, saying, “In this rather disjointed time, the guys are beavering away and I hope that next year they’ll start working on some new songs, new ideas, with a view on a future release."
Check out a screenshot of the post below. We're looking forward to getting more news about this album, and it seems like it might be closer than we expected...