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Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helders says their new album is "pretty much" finished.

Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helders says their new album is "pretty much" finished.

As part of the BBC's Drumathon, Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helders joined 5 Live Breakfast last week to give a drum lesson and talk to presenter Rick Edwards - during which he revealed that the band's next album is "pretty much" finished and would likely arrive next year ahead of a UK summertime tour.

This follows reports back in August that the Arctic Monkeys had been recording a new album in Suffolk.

According to NME, when asked if the new album was "ready to go", Helders replied: "Yeah, pretty much, yeah. It was a bit disjointed how we had to do it, and there are bits to finish off, but yeah, it’s all in the works."

Adding that: "I think by the time we get everything together it’ll be next year. Hopefully we can get out and tour next summer."

And about the sound of the new album: "We tend to always move it on a little bit... For us, because we’re so involved in it, it always makes sense. They always kind of pick up where the other one left off in a way. It makes sense when you think about it in the context of the last record. But we always do try and do something a bit different – it’s kind of hard to describe. You can tell it’s the same band."

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