Arctics set for a year-long recording break

Performing: Artic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner does not want to write songs on the road.
Performing: Artic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner does not want to write songs on the road.

SHEFFIELD heroes Arctic Monkeys are taking a break - planning a whole 12 months off before returning to the recording studio in 2013.

The band have been playing festivals this summer and have a UK arena tour scheduled for the autumn to continue promotion of their number one album Suck It and See.

But frontman and chief songwriter Alex Turner says he does not want to write the band’s next album while on the road.

“I don’t really write on the road any more. We come up with a few ideas on sound checks and that but I have written too many terrible lyrics touring around,” he said.

“As yet there is no plan to return to the studio next year, we’re keeping our heads down.

“It’s hard to do the old chip shop rock ‘n’ roll. After you’ve done it once, you don’t sort of hang around that many chippies any more.

“I think it’s natural, I couldn’t ever write about my surroundings in the same way as I did back then.”

The Arctics have posted an online trailer from their two headline shows at Sheffield’s Don Valley Bowl in June, suggesting they may be putting together a DVD.

The 93-second clip, called Don Valley Bowl Trailer, features footage from the band playing live, hanging out backstage and general crowd shots, suggesting that it may be being compiled into a general DVD package.

Physical copies of the band’s current single The Hellcat Spangled Shalalala are also finally expected to emerge this week - the initial batch due for release in mid-August were destroyed in the Sony warehouse fire during the riots in Enfield.

The autumn arena tour does not include a Sheffield date but the opening show is at Nottingham’s Capital FM Arena on October 28.