Arctic Monkeys are in the “early stages” of trying to “write a” [new] Recording”.

Drummer Matt Helders has announced that the group is working on a 2018 follow-up to ‘Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino’, but the band has “faced various obstacles” amid the coronavirus pandemic.

He said, “To be separated by the sea is one of them.

“We’re all excited about it – we would have done it in a normal time by now.

“We definitely want to get on a new record as soon as possible.”

Originally from Sheffield, South Yorkshire, which is where his bandmates Alex Turner, Jamie Cook and Nick O’Malley come from, the 34-year-old Stickman currently resides in Los Angeles, where he has worked on his drumming.

He added on Instagram Live, “I have drums here.

“”[I’m] always trying to improve certain things and study. “

Matt’s comments come after the ‘RU Mine?’ The group’s manager Ian McAndrew announced last month that the British rockers were working on new songs.

He said, “You work on music.

“In this rather disjointed time the guys are gone and I hope that next year they will start working on some new songs, new ideas, with a future release in mind.

“In the summer there were admission schedules that were made due to travel restrictions.”

The group released their debut album “Whatever People Say I Am, I Am Not” 15 years ago in January 2006.