The year of the monkey

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“Good evening everyone we are the Arctic Monkeys from High Green in Sheffield,” shouted Alex Turner at Glastonbury’s Pyramid stage as the band blasted through a headline show.

The show marked the start of a busy year for Sheffield’s hottest cultural exports.The band have just announced a live date at the Sheffield Arena and are about to release their latest album, AM.

The album bears all the hallmarks of Queen of the Stone Age guitarist Josh Homme, who plays on the album, withhis muscular contributions and catchy riffs. Their single, Do I Wanna Know, is a beefed-up sexy number with huge John Bonham-like drums and seductive backing vocals.

The band’s fifth studio album was produced by James Ford and co-produced by Sheffield’s very own Ross Orton at Homme’s Rancho De La Luna in the Joshua Tree, California.

The track, Do I Wanna Know, made its live debut at Worthy Farm and opened a show which Turner later described as ‘one of the best gigs we’ve ever done’.

The album will be released on September 9. In an interview just after the NME Awards earlier this year Matt Helders said: “It’s just been us four working stuff out like we used to I guess. We had a bit of a break. It’s always weird when you first get back into it to know what kind of songs we write any more.”

Arctic Monkeys’ storming Glastonbury set and the release of their new album also marks 10 years since the band’s first gig at the tiny upstairs venue at The Grapes in Sheffield.

“They were paid just £27 – a far cry from the fee the band can now command for headlining a festival.

AM is released on September 9. The band plays Sheffield Motorpoint Arena on November 2, tickets for the show go on sale tomorrow.